ERIC Number: EJ938545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Applying Silvia's Model of Interest to Academic Text: Is There a Third Appraisal?
Connelly, Daniel A.
Learning and Individual Differences, v21 n5 p624-628 Oct 2011
Recent research, treating interest as an emotion, indicates the cognitive appraisals of novelty-complexity and coping potential predict interest. This appraisal-based model of interest has not yet been applied to educational research. The present study evaluated the significance of the model regarding the activity of reading expository, academic-oriented text, and assessed whether a third previously untested appraisal of goal relevance could predict interest as well. Sixty-five undergraduate psychology students, 41 females and 24 males, completed several instruments--assessments of interest and three appraisals across time, experimental texts, and a measure trait curiosity as a control variable. Goal relevance, was shown to predict interest across the sample to a statistically significant degree (Unstandardized [beta] = 0.567; t = 6.258; p less than 0.001), displaying more predictive power than the combined effects of the original two appraisals. These results and the study's implications are discussed.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Cognitive Processes, Coping, Student Interests, Prediction, Models, Academic Discourse, Expository Writing, Reading Processes, Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Measures (Individuals), Goal Orientation, Reading Interests
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