ERIC Number: ED292885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Conceptualization and Measurement of Interest.
Schiefele, Ulrich; And Others
A theory of interest is presented, with comments on the assessment of interest in a student. The concept of interest as an affective state, elicited by certain characteristics of the material, is not sufficient, since situational factors do not seem solely responsible for making information more interesting. The educational interest theory here proposed consists of a differential sub-theory addressing inter- and intra-individual differences, an actual-genetic theory of interest-oriented behavior, and an ontogenetic sub-theory of the development and change of interest throughout life. Assessment of interest must involve all three of its components. Presented as an example of such assessment is the Study Interest Questionnaire (SIQ), which was developed to assess students' interest in their major. A copy of the SIQ is appended. (SLD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988). For a related paper, see TM 011 348.