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ERIC Number: EJ1141263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Fostering Student Interest Development: An Engagement Intervention
Abbott, Amy L.
Middle School Journal, v48 n3 p34-45 2017
The detected decline in middle school students' school engagement during the period of young adolescence is concerning. As middle school can be perceived as a time in which plans for higher education and career considerations begin to take shape, planting seeds for future aspirations certainly seems appropriate. This article draws on the philosophies of middle school student engagement and interest development to enhance the space of teaching and learning. Hidi and Reninger's (2006) "Four-Phase Interest Development Model" serves as the inspiration for curricular enrichment activities and tasks that acknowledge the interests and talents among today's middle school population. Opportunities to infuse enrichment both inside and outside of the classroom are offered on three distinct levels. Specific examples and details regarding enrichment at each of the levels are offered as a guide in the development and enactment of similar processes. This article has implications for educators and coordinators that advocate for the academic, social, and emotional needs of young adolescents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A