Interest and Emotions in Science Education [chapter]

Morten Rask Petersen, Niels Bonderup Dohn
2016 Cultural Studies of Science Education  
Interest is an important affective variable that has been found to be associated with focused attention, higher cognitive functioning, and learning, which makes it an important variable for learning in science. In research on interest and learning this interplay is almost always seen in a unidirectional way where interest is a facilitator for learning. The aim of this chapter is to challenge this unidirectional view in on the role of interest -with special emphasis on feelings -in learning
more » ... s -in learning science. We do that by reversing the direction and investigate if learning science can be a facilitator for developing interest. We start with a theoretical outline of interest and feelings connected to this. This will be put in to a context of students' work in upper secondary biology education for an empirical approach to this interplay. The empirical work will provide arguments for the theoretical outline but also qualify the final discussion on the role of interest and the attached emotions, feelings and moods in science education in general on theoretical and practical level and the correspondence with leaning science.
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-43353-0_10 fatcat:k36yfdbt6vfpleuqb4d35cwgqu