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ERIC Number: EJ1161004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1037-2911
Towards an Understanding of Interest Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools
Lynch, Raymond
Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools, v27 n2 p208-221 Dec 2017
Many studies have examined the psychology of interest and interest development, with these studies spanning various fields such as educational psychology, personality development, and vocational guidance. However, the pragmatic benefit of being able to accurately measure interests has often overshadowed the broader potential benefits of research into interest development. Drawing from research across different fields, this article summarises the historical evolution of research into interest development, culminating with the four-phase model of interest development as advanced by Hidi and Renninger (2006). It proceeds to examine the impact of this research on the work of psychologists and counsellors in schools. Finally, this article concludes by problematising the current dominance of assessment services and the use of interest inventories, while exploring potential opportunities to better support student engagement through a broader understanding of interest development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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