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Situational Interest in Literary Text

Author: Gregory Schraw Affiliation: Department of Educational Psychology, The University of Nebraska—Lincoln
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:Contemporary Educational Psychology, v22 n4 (1997): 436-456
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This study examined relationships among text characteristics, situational interest, two measures of text understanding, and personal responses when reading a literary text. A factor analysis of ratings made after reading revealed six interrelated text characteristics. Of these, suspense, coherence and thematic complexity explained 54% of the variance in interest. Additional analyses found that situational interest  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Schraw Affiliation: Department of Educational Psychology, The University of Nebraska—Lincoln
ISSN:0361-476X
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 4933316976
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This study examined relationships among text characteristics, situational interest, two measures of text understanding, and personal responses when reading a literary text. A factor analysis of ratings made after reading revealed six interrelated text characteristics. Of these, suspense, coherence and thematic complexity explained 54% of the variance in interest. Additional analyses found that situational interest was unrelated to a multiple choice test of main ideas; but was related to personal responses and holistic interpretations of the text. These results suggest that multiple aspects of literary texts are interesting to readers, and that interest is related to personal engagement variables, even when it is not related to the comprehension of main ideas.

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