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Situational interest and learning: Thirst for knowledge

, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore ; , Erasmus University Rotterdam

Learning and Instruction Volume 32, Number 1, ISSN 0959-4752 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


The objective of the three studies presented here was to investigate how situational interest is related to knowledge acquisition. Situational interest is construed as a motivational response to a perceived knowledge deficit. It is triggered in situations where this knowledge deficit becomes manifest, such as in the confrontation with a problem. In Study 1 we manipulated prior knowledge of 32 secondary-school students about a particular problem (i.e., reasons for the conquest of Singapore by the Japanese during the Second World War). Only students who lacked the appropriate knowledge showed an increase in situational interest after the problem was presented. In Study 2 (


Rotgans, J.I. & Schmidt, H.G. (2014). Situational interest and learning: Thirst for knowledge. Learning and Instruction, 32(1), 37-50. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved March 23, 2023 from .

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