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- Motivation and the Organization of Human Behavior: Three Reasons for the Reemergence of a Field
- Social Cognitive Theory and Motivation
- Cybernetic Control Processes and the Self-Regulation of Behavior
- The Role of Death in Life: Existential Aspects of Human Motivation
- Too Much of a Good Thing? Trade-offs in Promotion and Prevention Focus
- Motivation, Personality, and Development Within Embedded Social Contexts: An Overview of Self-Determination Theory
- Ego Depletion: Theory and Evidence
- Implicit–Explicit Motive Congruence
- Curiosity and Motivation
- Interest and Its Development
- Achievement Goals
- Goal Pursuit
- Unconscious Goal Pursuit: Nonconscious Goal Regulation and Motivation
- The Motivational Complexity of Choosing: A Review of Theory and Research
- On Gains and Losses, Means and Ends: Goal Orientation and Goal Focus Across Adulthood
- Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection Motives
- The Gendered Body Project: Motivational Components of Objectification Theory
- Relatedness Between Children and Parents: Implications for Motivation
- Avoiding the Pitfalls and Approaching the Promises of Close Relationships
- Neuroscience and Human Motivation
- Evolved Individual Differences in Human Motivation
- Moods of Energy and Tension That Motivate
- Effort Intensity: Some Insights From the Cardiovascular System
- Motivation in Psychotherapy
- Motivation in Education
- Advances in Motivation in Exercise and Physical Activity
- Work Motivation: Directing, Energizing, and Maintaining Effort (and Research)
- Youth Motivation and Participation in Sport and Physical Activity
- Through a Fly's Eye: Multiple Yet Overlapping Perspectives on Future Directions for Human Motivation Research
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter focuses on interest as a cognitive and affective motivational variable that develops and can be supported to develop. Interest and interest development as described by Hidi and Renninger's (2006) Four-Phase Model of Interest Development are (a) defined and then (b) contextualized in light of other conceptualizations that focus on specific aspects of interest (such as emotion, experience, task features, value, and vocational interest) and issues pertaining to the operationalization and measurement of interest. Following this, research addressing the development of interest is overviewed, with particular attention to (a) the triggering of interest in both earlier and later phases of interest, (b) maintaining interest once it has been triggered, (c) fluctuations in interest, and (d) shifts between phases in the development of interest. Finally, a Punnett square is employed to suggest next steps and open questions in the study of interest development.
K. Ann Renninger, Department of Educational Studies, Swarthmore College.
Stephanie Su, Swarthmore College.
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