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Interest and Interest-Driven Learning

This entry addresses the role of people’s interest in out-of-school learning contexts (including everyday experiences and hobbies) and participation in designed settings (e.g., museum exhibits) or programs (e.g., 4-H groups), although interest can be triggered and supported to develop both in school and out of school. It provides information about the definition of interest, the development of interest, and indicators for measuring interest and its change over time.

Defining Interest

Being interested in something is rewarding. When people are interested in what they are doing, they are engaged and learning. People with a developed interest in a particular area (e.g., jewelry making, swimming, dinosaurs, or online role-playing games) enjoy the complexity associated with working on it. They persevere despite difficulty and seize opportunities that enable them to ...

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