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For Teachers

Simply put, boredom, lack of interest and lack of engagement have a negative relationship with achievement and therefore behaviour. But despite this there is a common assumption that finding out what a child is interested in is either too hard, or not useful in helping a misbehaving child to learn.

The MINE project aims to challenge these assumptions, firstly by using an existing model of interest to develop a tool to profile the interests of students with challenging behaviour using new web-based interactive exploration software.

The My Interests Now for Engagement (MINE) intervention involves the gathering of information about the interests of the individual students in the form of an interest profile. Ultimately, as a second stage, it is intended that these interest profiles will be made available to teachers and schools so that they may more effectively target engagement strategies. The application of interest profiles may be of use to teachers, as a student who is interested is more likely to be engaged in a classroom task. A student who is engaged in a task is more likely to be achieving and behaving well.

At this point it is only for the first stage of the MINE project – the developing, testing and piloting stage. We just want to find out what students in general are interested in, and how they are interested!

Thank you for your interest in our interest in interest!

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