ERIC Number: ED431005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Research on Interest: Implications for Curriculum Development and Future Research.
Wade, Suzanne E.
The theoretical frameworks that have guided a researcher's focus on interest, the curricular and pedagogical implications of this research, and the possibilities for future research are described. The research project in question focuses on the effects of interest and importance on attention and learning of test material through a cognitive constructivist approach. Research has suggested that in texts on high interest topics, cognitive interest may play a stronger role than seductive details in creating interest and increasing the learning of important information. One possible way of using these findings in the classroom is to build curriculum around students' questions on topics that are of interest to them. Future research should value interest as an end in itself and not simply as a means to increased learning. Future studies should also examine the relationships among interest and such constructs as motivation and engagement. (Contains 27 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).