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Tatiana, S., Hanna, J. & Kristiina, M. The relationship between secondary school students’ situational interest and their collaborative learning interactions. SN Soc Sci 3, 138 (2023).

The relationship between secondary school students’ situational interest and their collaborative learning interactions

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Author: Shubina, Tatiana1; Järvenoja, Hanna1; Mänty, Kristiina1
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education and Psychology, Learning and Educational Technology Research Unit (LET), University of Oulu, PO. BOX 2000, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-11-07


Situational interest can be a prominent driver for learning, but little is known about how it is connected to the type of interactions students engage in during collaborative learning. To address this gap, we collected data from 94 secondary school students who worked on collaborative tasks during a five-session science course. Students reported their situational interest before and after every collaborative task. The collaborative sessions were videotaped. Based on the differences in situational interest variation, the students were assigned to three situational interest clusters. The differences in the level and trend of interactions were then statistically examined between the clusters. The results showed that the students whose situational interest increased had a higher level of cognitive interaction (U = 6704.5, p = 0.04) and more rapid growth in cognitive (t (196) = − 2.42 and − 3.62, p < 0.01) and socio-emotional (t (196) = − 1.81 and − 3.48, p < 0.05) interaction than other students. Instead, those students whose situational interest decreased showed more rapid growth in off-task interaction (t (196) = 2.59, p = 0.01). To maintain an optimal level of situational interest, the findings also suggest paying attention to off-task interactions during collaboration, in addition to cognitive interaction.

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Series: SN social sciences
ISSN: 2662-9283
ISSN-E: 2662-9283
ISSN-L: 2662-9283
Volume: 3
Issue: 8
Article number: 138
DOI: 10.1007/s43545-023-00738-z
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: Open Access funding provided by University of Oulu including Oulu University Hospital. This research was granted by Finnish Academy Grant No. 275440 and No: 324381.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 275440
Detailed Information: 275440 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
324381 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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