ERIC Number: EJ1136167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
The Relation between Individual Interest and Knowledge Acquisition
Rotgans, Jerome I.; Schmidt, Henk G.
British Educational Research Journal, v43 n2 p350-371 Apr 2017
The objective of this study was to examine how individual interest and knowledge acquisition are causally related. Three hypotheses were tested using a cross-lagged panel analysis (N = 186) and two quasi-experimental studies (N = 68 and N = 108) involving students from schools in Singapore. The first hypothesis is the broadly shared standard assumption on the relation between individual interest and knowledge: the more an individual is interested in a topic, the more (s)he is willing to engage in learning. An alternative hypothesis assumes that individual interest is not the cause but the consequence of the process of learning: individual interest as an affective by-product of learning. Finally, a third possibility is that interest and knowledge influence each other reciprocally. The results supported the affective-by-product hypothesis. Our findings seem at variance with commonly held conceptions that being interested guides knowledge attainment. The implications of these findings for interest research are discussed.
Descriptors: Correlation, Quasiexperimental Design, Student Interests, Knowledge Level, Learning Processes, Hypothesis Testing, Foreign Countries, Statistical Analysis
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore
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