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The Relationship Between Learning Persistence and Equipment Design Through the Lens of Expectancy-Value Theory

Abstract Learners' attitudes and beliefs during the initial stages of learning have a profound impact on their future decisions, practice habits, and persistence. In music education, however, surprisingly little research has explored how physical equipment design might influence novices' attitudes and beliefs. The current study addresses this gap by examining how novices' motivation and perception differ based on the physical design of the musical instrument they interact with while learning. Fifty-two adult participants completed an online survey measuring their expectancies (e.g., confidence), value beliefs (e.g., enjoyment, interest, and social merit), and anticipated persistence while attempting to learn the electric guitar. Afterwar... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor O'Brian, Joseph (Author) / Roscoe, Rod D (Advisor) / Branaghan, Russell J (Committee member) / Craig, Scotty (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Educational psychology / Educational technology / Engineering / Educational ergonomics / Ergonomic design / Expectancy-value theory / Musical instruments / Music education / Scaled equipment
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 137 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Applied Psychology 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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