Motivation and emotions in competition systems for education: An empirical study Articles uri icon

publication date

  • August 2014

start page

  • 182

end page

  • 187


  • 3


  • 57

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0018-9359

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-9638


  • A lack of student motivation is a problem in many courses in electrical engineering. Introducing competition between students can enhance their motivation, but it can also generate negative emotions. This paper presents an empirical study of students in a telecommunications engineering degree; it measured their level of motivation, and their emotions about competition in education in general, and in particular about the Information System for Competition based on pRoblem solving in Education (ISCARE). ISCARE makes adaptive matches, pairing students who share a similar knowledge level. The study results show that students had moderate levels of motivation and experienced no negative emotions while using ISCARE. Under certain circumstances, therefore, competition in education, using technology systems that provide competition, can produce motivation without generating negative emotions. Female students and students with low ISCARE scores were less motivated and experienced more negative emotions. In addition, motivation and emotions toward ISCARE were more positive than they had been toward competition in general. © 1963-2012 IEEE.


  • assessment; competition; emotions; intelligent tutoring systems; motivation; competition; computer aided instruction; motivation; assessment; competition systems; emotions; empirical studies; intelligent tutoring system; student motivation; technology system; telecommunications engineerings; students