Are we preaching to the converted? The role of motivation in understanding the contribution of intergroup encounters

Yaacov B. Yablon

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    Abstract

    The role of motivation to participate in peace encounters was examined against the popular claim that such programs mainly benefit those who already espouse peace-movement ideas. The self-determination theory served as the theoretical framework for the study. Jewish and Arab high-school students (N = 330) were randomly assigned to research and control groups based on their motivation to participate in peace encounters. The findings revealed that those who benefited most and whose social relationships were significantly enhanced by participation in the program were participants who were extrinsically motivated. Those who were amotivated gained nothing but did not deteriorate, whereas their counterparts in the control group deteriorated. Those who were intrinsically motivated did not gain much from their participation but did not deteriorate, even without the encounters (in the control group). Theoretical and pedagogical implications of the findings are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)249-263
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Peace Education
    Volume9
    Issue number3
    Early online date23 Apr 2012
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 2012

    Keywords

    • RCT
    • intractable conflicts
    • motivation
    • peace education

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