ERIC Number: EJ772027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Different Strokes for Different Folks: How Individual Interest Moderates the Effects of Situational Factors on Task Interest
Durik, Amanda M.; Harackiewicz, Judith M.
Journal of Educational Psychology, v99 n3 p597-610 Aug 2007
Individual interest was examined as a moderator of effects of situational factors designed to catch and hold task interest. In Study 1, 96 college students learned a math technique with materials enhanced with collative features (catch) versus not. Catch promoted motivation among participants with low individual interest in math (IIM) but hampered motivation among those with high IIM. In Study 2 (n = 145), catch was crossed with a hold manipulation, emphasizing utility. Effects of each manipulation depended on IIM. The catch results were similar to those in Study 1. Hold promoted motivation among participants with high IIM and undermined it among participants with low IIM. Discussion centers on the intersection of individual and situational interest.
Descriptors: Motivation, Student Attitudes, Student Interests, Mathematics Instruction, Student Motivation, Interest Inventories
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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