Manage Boredom Through Situation Modification Strategies (73872)

Session Information: Mind, Brain & Psychology: Human Emotional & Cognitive Development & Outcomes within Educational Contexts
Session Chair: Virginia Tze

Friday, 24 November 2023 14:45
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 603
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

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When students are bored, they typically resort to avoidance strategies, such as taking their cell phone out to get an immediate relief. There is no doubt that the short-term relief has a longer-term negative impact on students’ learning (Tze et al., 2016). While the literature on boredom has grown substantially, little is known about what a boredom intervention should entail. This study was dually based on Gross’s emotion regulation model (2015) and Pekrun’s control-value theory (2006). Given that there might not have much liberty to choose which course to take (e.g., mandatory courses in a program) or propose changes in topics covered in a course, situation modification—how students can modify their immediate physical learning situation—is considered a pertinent emotion regulation for students to combat boredom. An animated intervention video featuring what students can do prior to, during, and after a boring class was developed. Individual interviews were conducted with ten university students on the intervention materials. Participants found that videos were engaging and provided helpful content. While narration is supposed to provide information through an additional auditory channel, most participants (70%) preferred the animated video without narration, suggesting a single modality of information delivery might be sufficient when delivering the intervention. Another possible explanation could be that situation modification skills are complex and thus, to fully comprehend it, video including relatively more texts indeed facilitate such comprehension. The qualitative data provide some support regarding the usefulness of teaching students tangible steps and skills to reduce their boredom.

Virginia Tze, University of Manitoba, Canada
Johnson Li, University of Manitoba, Canada
Stephanie Brekelmans, University of Manitoba, Canada
Lia Daniels, University of Alberta, Canada

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Virginia Tze is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at University of Manitoba in Canada

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00