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Using Blended Learning To Boost Motivation And Performance In Introductory Economics Modules

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This paper explores the potential of online learning, in a local context, to provide academic economics with much of the context it currently lacks and which may be implicated in students' lack of motivation to engage with the discipline. Since weak motivation can be expected to play out in poor performance, the study set out to establish, firstly, whether the online intervention was a motivational experience for students. Secondly, various tests were performed to determine whether - and how strongly - motivation and performance are related. The study concludes that even the weak statistical promise of online learning, as in this particular case, should be embraced given the interest displayed by students in online economics teaching and learning. Copyright (c) 2007 The Author. Journal compilation (c) 2007 Economic Society of South Africa 2007.

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  • Alex Van der merwe, 2007. "Using Blended Learning To Boost Motivation And Performance In Introductory Economics Modules," South African Journal of Economics, Economic Society of South Africa, vol. 75(1), pages 125-135, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:sajeco:v:75:y:2007:i:1:p:125-135
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    1. Heather Gage, 1998. "Objective and subjective evidence of success with WinEcon," Computers in Higher Education Economics Review, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 12(2), pages 14-16.
    2. Rienties Bart & Woltjer Geert, 2004. "Regular Online Assessment, Motivation and Learning," Research Memorandum 031, Maastricht University, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization (METEOR).
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    1. Mario Scerri, 2008. "Neoclassical Theory And The Teaching Of Undergraduate Microeconomics," South African Journal of Economics, Economic Society of South Africa, vol. 76(4), pages 749-764, December.

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