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Interests in Science


Student interest in science

How Is Interest Defined?

Generally speaking, interests are perceived as psychological traits that activate individuals to respond to external activities, events, or objects. It is interest that highlights an individual’s personal orientation and responsiveness to a particular activity or experience. So how does this translate to student interest in science? According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the organization that designs and implements the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the student who shows interest in science:

  • Demonstrates curiosity in science and science-related issues or endeavors

  • Pursues additional scientific knowledge and skills for intrinsic purposes using a range of methods and resources

  • Seeks information about science-related careers

Why Is Student Interest Considered Important?

Over the last two decades, student interest in science has become a prime focus of attention as...


  • Science Topic
  • Student Interest
  • Specific Science Topic
  • Large International Study
  • Attitudinal Survey

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Panizzon, D. (2014). Interests in Science. In: Gunstone, R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Science Education. Springer, Dordrecht.

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