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Development of interest and role of choice during sequential knowledge acquisition

Fastrich, G. and Murayama, K. (2020) Development of interest and role of choice during sequential knowledge acquisition. AERA Open, 6 (2). pp. 1-16. ISSN 2332-8584

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1177/2332858420929981

Abstract/Summary

Interest is an important motivational element for learning in the school environment. However, little research has directly addressed how interest changes over time as knowledge accumulates. To gain a better understanding of how knowledge acquisition influences intra-individual change of interest, we developed a novel paradigm in which participants gain step-by-step information about lesser known countries. After reading each piece of information, participants rated their interest in the country. Growth-curve modelling showed that interest grows during knowledge acquisition until it eventually stalls and starts to decline. We also found that the opportunity to choose information boosted the growth in interest and delayed its decline. Further analysis revealed that people disengaged from a topic (i.e. stopped accessing information about a particular country) when their interest started to decrease.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:90766
Publisher:SAGE

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