Interest-Based Child Participation in Everyday Learning Activities
The word interest when used by educators and psychologists refers to the characteristics of a person, object, or event that engages a person in sustained interaction with objects or others. Interests include a person’s likes, preferences, favorites, affinity toward, or attraction to a subject, topic, or activity. Displays of interests typically include enjoyment, pleasure, and satisfaction as well as emotional involvement in a task or activity.
More than 100 years ago, John Dewey in his book, The School and Society (1899), noted that children’s natural curiosities such as “interest in conversation, or communication; in inquiry or finding out things; in making things, or construction; and in artistic expression [are the] natural resources, the uninvested capital, upon which depends the active growth of the child” (pp. 47–48). Dewey’s...
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