Boredom in the Classroom

Addressing Student Motivation, Self-Regulation, and Engagement in Learning

  • Gayle L. Macklem

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL, volume 1)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in School Psychology book sub series (BRIEFSSCHOOL, volume 1)

About this book


This brief synthesizes current findings on the many aspects of chronic student boredom, its relationship with negative academic, emotional, and health outcomes, and what professionals can do to best address it. Citing the complexity of this common student emotion, the author spotlights boredom susceptibility during the critical K-12 years. The brief analyzes cognitive and emotional attributes of boredom and identifies emotional skills that can be strengthened to counteract it. In addition, the volume features strategies for educators and school counselors to reduce boredom, both internally and in class.

This stimulating volume:

  • Argues that boredom shouldn't be ignored or dismissed as a passing phase.
  • Examines various types of boredom as well as gender and cultural differences.
  • Explores boredom in the contexts of anxiety and depression and in non-school situations.
  • Provides theory on causes of boredom in students.
  • Details how student self-regulation, motivation, and engagement can be improved.
  • Describes specific roles teachers and mental health professionals can play in controlling boredom.

Boredom in the Classroom is an essential resource for researchers, scientist-practitioners, clinicians, and graduate students in the fields of child and school psychology, educational psychology, social work, and related disciplines.


Academic emotions and student boredom Achievement goals and student engagement Alexithymia and student boredom Anxiety and student boredom Attention and student boredom Attributional retraining and student engagement Attributions and student boredom Boredom proneness at school Coping strategies and boredom at school Disengagement in the classroom Emotion regulation and student engagement Engagement in the classroom Enjoyment, learning, and boredom Mastery goals and student engagement Motivation and student engagement Negative emotions and student boredom Nonacademic effects on achievement Positive emotions and student boredom Self-regulation and student boredom Volitional strategy training and student boredom

Authors and affiliations

  • Gayle L. Macklem
    • 1
  1. 1.ManchesterUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-13119-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-13120-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-8363
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-8371
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