Title

On Defining And Assessing Engagement, Interest, Curiosity, And Motivation In Informal Science Learning

Document Type

Paper

Publication Date

2012

Published In

On Defining And Assessing Engagement, Interest, Curiosity, And Motivation In Informal Science Learning

Abstract

This background paper is intended to support consideration of assessments “in improving program quality and student learning outcomes in the field of informal science education.” There are three questions the NRC has asked me to address: (a) What definitions of engagement, interest, curiosity, and motivation might be used in evaluations of informal and after-school science learning programs and activities? (b) Given the diversity of learning experiences, what are the prospects for developing common definitions of engagement, interest, curiosity, and motivation? And, (c) Given the diversity of types of informal and after-school learning experiences, what are the prospects for developing common assessments of engagement, interest, curiosity, and motivation?

Published By

NSDL

Conference

Developing An Evaluation Strategy For The Educational Impact Of The National Science Digital Library

Conference Dates

Washington, DC

Conference Location

October 2-3, 2003

Comments

This work is a white paper prepared for Developing an Educational Strategy for the Educational Impact of the National Science Digital Library.