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A new method for identifying dimensions of interest: MINE

by Robert on September 10th, 2010

Title:                A new method for identifying dimensions of interest: MINE

Name:              Robert B W Ely, University of Melbourne, Australia

Mary Ainley, University of Melbourne, Australia

Jon Pearce, University of Melbourne, Australia



The Four-Phase model of interest development (Hidi & Renninger, 2006) distinguishes between early phases of interest where interest is triggered by specific situations and later phases where interest involves well-developed personal predispositions to engage with interest content. The differing cognitive and affective states that are implied by this distinction have implications for understanding interest and its application to inform design of engagement strategies for students with challenging behaviour. This presentation will describe the development and validation of a new form of interest measurement designed to identify students’ interests and to profile the phase of development of those interests using the four-phase model. The My Interest Now for Engagement tool (MINE) is based on iFISH software (Pearce, 2008) and uses an interactive and playful environment to facilitate student reporting their interests as well as indicating cognitive and affective dimensions related to their experience when engaging with the interest content. The interactive nature of the tool allows students to explore and select from a large pool of potential interests. It allows for the triggering of new situational interests as well as reporting well-developed individual interests. Validation of the tool is based on responses from 136 first year undergraduate students and approximately 100 secondary students. The development of this tool has the potential to extend understanding of the cognitive and affective structure of the four phases of interest development as well as providing profiles of students’ interests that can be used to facilitate engagement strategies and will be particularly informative in providing for students with challenging behaviour.

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