ERIC Number: EJ1052949
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 78
Studying Triggers for Interest and Engagement Using Observational Methods
Renninger, K. Ann; Bachrach, Jessica E.
Educational Psychologist, v50 n1 p58-69 2015
In this article, we discuss the contribution of observational methods to understanding the processes involved in triggering interest and establishing engagement. We begin by reviewing the literatures on interest and engagement, noting their similarities, differences, and the utility to each of better understanding the triggering process. We then provide background information about observational methods and a case illustration of their use in a post hoc analysis of observation records collected during an out-of-school biology workshop. In conclusion, we consider the advantages and limitations of observational methods. We suggest that they can offer unique insight into the triggering process. In the post hoc analysis, this includes information about multiple, co-occurring triggers for interest and variation in responses to triggers based on learner characteristics. It is acknowledged that observational methods are not sufficient, but they are necessary; they provide essential detail, especially for understanding the triggering process.
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Interests, Observation, Biology, Workshops, Student Motivation, Notetaking, Video Technology, Interviews, Grounded Theory, Student Characteristics, Middle School Students, At Risk Students, Evaluation Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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