ERIC Number: ED342779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Is Interest Educationally Interesting? An Interest-Related Model of Learning.
Voss, James F.; Schauble, Leona
Interest is examined in relation to its role in the learning process. A broadly based model of learning is presented, and implications of the model for the educational context are considered. In the framework presented, learning involves the perception, interpretation, and storage of information about the environment under particular motivational conditions that are generated by goals and interests. Acquired knowledge and beliefs are then used to accomplish goals and fulfill interests. Knowledge and beliefs influence the perception and interpretation of new information, which may include feedback indicating whether goals are being achieved. Information from the environment may lead to revisions of goals and interests, which provide motivational conditions for additional perception, interpretation, and learning. Interest is described as following and deriving from values, and in turn, generating the goals that motivate and direct processing. What is learned and what goals and interests a person develops are fundamentally an issue of value. A 42-item list of references and one flowchart illustrating a general model of learning are included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A