The role of importance and interest in the processing of text

Patricia A. Alexander, Tamara L. Jetton

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In this review, text-based research on importance and interest is analyzed with several objectives in mind. First, the constructs of importance and interest are unidimensionally considered to show that various forms of each can operate within any text-learning environment. Second, research specifically addressing the interplay between these two factors is explored in relation to the goal of learning from text. The purpose of this analysis is to evaluate the research on importance and interest from a methodological standpoint and to delineate key findings that emerge from this body of research. Finally, based on the review of the literature, implications for future research and instructional practice are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-121
Number of pages33
JournalEducational Psychology Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1996


  • Importance and interest
  • Text learning
  • Text-based research


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