Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Boredom Intervention (73873)

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

Friday, 24 November 2023 15:35
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 603
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Boredom is undoubtedly a common emotional experience among students. Tze et al. (2016) has identified its negative impact on students’ learning. While more research has generated to investigate what the teachers can do to mitigate boredom, as far as we know, there has not been an investigation undertaken to support the individuals—students—who experience this negative emotion. In this study, we designed a two-session boredom intervention. The first session focuses on psychoeducation, which teaches students about what boredom is as a scholarly construct; and the second session incorporates cognitive restructuring principle to walk students through six simple steps to debunk boredom thought errors. Both sessions included animated videos and online learning games. To evaluate the effectiveness of this program, a comparable intervention was created which include a session on explaining what university is and another session on scheduling for post-secondary study. Canadian university students were recruited, with n = 578 for boredom intervention and n = 256 for the comparable intervention. Prior to the intervention, students completed a pre-intervention survey, and immediately after watching the animated video and completing learning games, they filled out a post-intervention survey. Our results showed that, after controlling for the initial difference on boredom, students partaking the boredom intervention reported significantly lower level of boredom compared to those participating in the comparable intervention. Furthermore, their knowledge on boredom and cognitive restructuring skills both increased when compared to those receiving comparable intervention. Our study thus provides solid evidence regarding the effectiveness of the boredom intervention.

Virginia Tze, University of Manitoba, Canada
Johnson Li, 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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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00