Interest Assessment and the Content Area Literacy Environment: Challenges for Research and Practice

Tamara L. Jetton, Patricia A. Alexander

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

22 Scopus citations

Abstract

Through our exploration of the assessment of interest, we highlight 5 issues that emerge in the effort to assess interest in content area literacy environments. First, we compare how interest is defined and generally how it has been assessed. Second, we focus more specifically on the assessment of text-based interest, and consider its assessment in less explored realms of the content area classroom that include hypertext and discussions. Third, we investigate how interest develops as students progress through their educational careers and how it is maintained over time. Fourth, we explore how assessing interest involves examining other student factors that are closely related to interest such as knowledge, importance, and strategic processing. Finally, we offer thoughts regarding directions educators can take in assessing interest within the complex literacy environment of today's content area classroom.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-318
Number of pages16
JournalEducational Psychology Review
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Content area literacy
  • Interest

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Interest Assessment and the Content Area Literacy Environment: Challenges for Research and Practice'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this