Motivation related predictors of engagement in mobile-assisted inquiry-based science learning

Stavros A. Nikou, Anastasios A. Economides

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One of the major priorities of education systems nowadays is to promote Inquiry-Based Science Learning (IBSL). Research has shown that mobile learning can support and enhance inquiry-based science learning promoting learning achievement and motivation. However, engagement, as a consequence of motivation, in the context of mobile-Assisted inquiry-based science learning, has not been adequately investigated. The current study implements a collaborative mobile-Assisted inquiry-based science learning intervention in the context of secondary school science. The study is aiming at explaining and predicting student engagement in terms of the three motivational concepts of the Self-Determination Theory (SDT) of motivation: Autonomy, competence and relatedness. Data collected for 80 secondary school students and analyzed with structural equation modeling. The proposed model explains about 63% of the variance in students' engagement in mobile assisted inquiry-based science learning. Perceived autonomy was found to be the strongest predictor of engagement, followed by perceived relatedness. Based on the research findings, implications for practice and suggestions for future studies are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2018 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON)
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538629574
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2018
Event2018 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference - Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Duration: 17 Apr 201820 Apr 2018


Conference2018 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference
Abbreviated titleEDUCON
CitySanta Cruz de Tenerife


  • autonomy
  • collaboration
  • collaborative inquiry-based science learning
  • engagement
  • mobile learning
  • mobile-Assisted inquiry science education
  • motivation
  • self-determination theory
  • e-learning
  • education computing
  • students
  • inquiry-based science
  • mobile Learning
  • science education
  • self-determination theories
  • engineering education


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