Engaging Creative Media Students’ Motivation: The Influence of Autonomy, Peer Relationships, and Opportunities in the Industry

Jae Eun Oh, Jeffrey C. F. Ho, Chris Shaw, Justin Chan

Abstract


Motivating students in creative media courses can be a challenge due to the demand for creativity which is hard to be
taught. Hence, motivation needs to be re-identified and re-addressed for the creative disciplines. Conventionally,
creative media courses adopt the studio-based learning, and with this unique dynamic teaching approach, students are
required to have face-to-face tutorial sessions with their tutors on a regular basis, as well as participate in group
projects and produce creative artefacts of industry standard quality. In this paper, we investigate the critical
motivators for creative media students and identify those factors throughout the study. The study aims to examine
how crucial and influential the autonomy, peer relationship and the future career opportunities for students’
motivation. Research includes a survey with questions based on a conceptual framework adopted from
self-determination theory. The results suggest that autonomy, peer relationships and the opportunity for future careers
are the primary motivators for students in the programme. The implications of the findings are discussed, and
recommendations are provided to faculty members in the creative programmes.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/wje.v8n6p1

 

World Journal of Education
ISSN 1925-0746(Print)  ISSN 1925-0754(Online)

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