Can Challenging Classes Also be Enjoyed?
Amy Schweinle, University of South Dakota
Sharon L. Nelson, University of South Dakota
Because enjoyment of academics increases intrinsic motivation, it also has
the potential to facilitate learning. However, an optimal learning
environment is not only enjoyable but also challenges students to fully use
and improve their skills. We examined the relationships between challenge
and enjoyment in fifth-grade mathematics classrooms. Results indicate that
provision of choice positively affects enjoyment, and interest in the
material mediates the relationship between challenge and enjoyment. Thus,
challenging learning environments can also be enjoyable, provided the
material fits studentsí interests and goals.
Academic Exchange Quarterly Summer 2005 Volume 9, Issue 2