Moving ahead in the study of STEM interests and interest development: A new research agenda

Flávio S. Azevedo, June Ahn, Michele J. Mann, Rena Dorph, Matthew A. Cannady, Victor R. Lee, Ryan Cain, Philip Bell

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Abstract

We seek to jumpstart a program whose long-term goal is to advance a more nuanced and encompassing understanding of STEM interests by comparing and contrasting how they are manifested across settings of STEM practice. People can and do get interested in STEM-based activities in the various spaces in which they encounter these activities-e.g., the home, museums, hobby fields, school, and after-school programs. However, because each such setting operates under different constraints and affordances, the forms of interest-based participation they spawn and support are qualitatively different. This symposium brings together four distinct research projects, each of which addresses very different settings, aspects, and phenomena in people's interest-based participation in STEM. The projects also deploy very different methodologies to document and measure people's interests. By comparing and contrasting these very distinct takes on interests and their manifestations across settings, we gain insight into both generalities and context specific aspects of interests and their enactment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings
EditorsChee-Kit Looi, Joseph L. Polman, Peter Reimann, Ulrike Cress
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages1098-1105
Number of pages8
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355083
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Jun 20 2016Jun 24 2016

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Other12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period6/20/166/24/16

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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Azevedo, F. S., Ahn, J., Mann, M. J., Dorph, R., Cannady, M. A., Lee, V. R., Cain, R., & Bell, P. (2016). Moving ahead in the study of STEM interests and interest development: A new research agenda. In C-K. Looi, J. L. Polman, P. Reimann, & U. Cress (Eds.), 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings (Vol. 2, pp. 1098-1105). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).