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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Investigating the Environment of Conation from the Perspective of the Autonomous Learner

James G. Coe.

Many online learning endeavors require autonomous learners to exhibit conation to begin and complete a program of learning. Ponton and Carr (2000) posited that it is important to allow learners an opportunity to demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness (conation) in learning situations. One attribute of conation identified by Ponton and Carr (2002) consists of the behavioral intentions of the learner prior to, and during the endeavor. This paper examines the impact that curiosity, expressed as self-interest or other interest, exists as a prerequisite to forming behavioral intentions of the autonomous learner. A more adequate model of the conative factors of initiative and resourcefulness includes curiosity and interest closely linked to initiative and resourcefulness.


James G. Coe  (United States)
Associate Dean of Business
Division of Business
Taylor University

James G. Coe, in addition to role of Associate Dean of Business directs the Oxford Study Program at Taylor University. James created the Nizhni Novgorod State University/ Taylor University MBA Program in Russia, 1991. He holds Puskin Award for Teaching and was awarded in 2001 membership in the Russian Academy of the Financial Elite. Outstanding Teaching and Campus Leadership Award 1994 - Taylor University.

  • Autonomous learner
  • Conation
  • Initiative and resourcefulness
  • Interest and curiosity

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)