Title

Interest, Psychology Of

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2015

Published In

International Encyclopedia Of The Social And Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

In psychology, interest refers to both the psychological state of engagement and a relatively enduring predisposition to reengage particular content (e.g., mathematics) over time. Interest positively influences attention, goal setting, and learning strategies for people of all ages both in and out of school. This article describes characteristics of interest as well as issues of measurement, specifically the need for indicators that account for differences of context, age, and experience. A retrospective case study provides a basis for distinguishing among interest and: motivation, engagement, goals, identity, self-efficacy, self-regulation, attitude, disposition, grit, and mind-set.

Edition

2nd

Published By

Elsevier

Editor(s)

J. D. Wright

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