Fostering pre-service science teachers self determined motivation toward environment through satisfaction of three basic psychological needs

Download
2011
Karaarslan, Güliz
The aim of this study was to examine pre-service science teachers’ self-determined motivation toward environment and investigate how their basic psychological needs that support their self-determined motivation were fullfilled during the environmental course activities. The thesis includes two main parts: a quantitative part and a qualitative part. In the quantitative part of the study, PSTs’ motivation toward environment was measured before, after and five months later following the course activities. In the qualitative part of the study, how PSTs’ basic psychological needs were supported during the course activities was examined through multiple case study method. The study was implemented in an environmental science course. 33 pre-service science teachers who are taking the course participated in the study. Environmental problems which are Easter Island, Environment vs. Economy, Paper vs. Plastic, Ozone Depletion, Why Worry about Extinction?, Hasankeyf and Mamak Garbage Dump were discussed during the six course weeks. Five PSTs, who were chosen as a focus group, were interviewed each week after course discussions. The qualitative data were collected through interviews, discussion recordings, assignments and reflection papers. The results of the study illustrated that PSTs’ self determined motivation toward environment increased after the course activities and five months later following the course. PSTs’ negative capacity beliefs causing amotivation toward environment declined after the course activities and in follow up measurement. Finally, qualitative results of the study revealed that supporting cognitive and instructional features of PSTs during the course activities fullfilled their basic psychological needs and thus, fostered their self determined motivation toward environment.
Citation Formats
G. Karaarslan, “Fostering pre-service science teachers self determined motivation toward environment through satisfaction of three basic psychological needs,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.