The Science Of Interest
This exceptional volume analyzes the intricate roles t plays in cognition, motivation and learning, and daily living, with a special focus on its development and maintenance across life domains. Leading experts discuss a spectrum of t ranging from curiosity to obsession, and trace its functions in goal-setting, decision-making, self-regulation, and performance. New research refines the current knowledge on student t in educational settings and the social contexts of t, with insights into why t levels change during engagement and in the long run. From these findings, contributors address ways to foster and nurture t in the therapy room and the classroom, for optimum benefits throughout life. Among the topics covered: * Embedding t within self-regulation. * Knowledge acquisition at the intersection of situational and individual t. * The role of t in motivation and engagement. * The two faces of passion. * Creative geniuses, polymaths, child prodigies, and autistic savants. * The promotion and development of t. A robust guide to a fascinating area of study, The Science of Interest synthesizes the field’s current knowledge of t and indicates future directions. Its chapters contribute depth and rigor to this growing area of research, and will enhance the work of researchers in education, psychologists, social scientists, and public policymakers.