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ERIC Number: EJ796361
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0663
What Makes Lessons Interesting? The Role of Situational and Individual Factors in Three School Subjects
Tsai, Yi-Miau; Kunter, Mareike; Ludtke, Oliver; Trautwein, Ulrich; Ryan, Richard M.
Journal of Educational Psychology, v100 n2 p460-472 May 2008
The present study investigated intraindividual variation in students' interest experience in 3 school subjects and the predictive power of perceived autonomy support and control. Participants were 261 students in 7th grade. After a survey of students' individual interests and other individual characteristics, repeated lesson-specific measures of students' interest experience and perceived autonomy support and control during instruction were obtained over a 3-week period. Hierarchical linear modeling showed 36%-45% of the variance to be located at the within-student level. Moreover, perceived autonomy support and control during lessons, as well as individual interest, predicted students' interest experience in the classroom. (Contains 3 tables and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany