Empowering Teachers to Enhance Adolescents' Motivation for Science

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CHAPTER 10: EMOTION

Emotions can be understood as temporary affective and physiological reactions to events. In a learning context, positive emotions like enjoyment and pride and negative emotions like anxiety  impact how students learn, whether or not they choose to re-engage in a learning activity, and how they perform. In chapter 10 you can learn more about how emotions influence learning and motivation in science, and how you as a science teacher can ensure that your classroom practices have a positive impact on your students' emotions.

Resources to support teachers in facilitating positive emotion and minimizing negative emotions toward science can be found by clicking on the links shown at right. Those resources include handouts and activities, further reading, links to recommended websites, and short (~ 3 minute) video clips illustrating the importance of this concept to practicing scientists and showing exemplary high school teachers who practice the strategies recommended in the book.