The IDC theory: Interest and the interest loop

Lung Hsiang WONG, Tak Wai CHAN, Zhihong CHEN, Ronnel Bornasal KING, Su Luan WONG

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Abstract

Numerous studies have shown that learning is enhanced when students show interests in the subject matter. However, educators continue to grapple with the challenges, or simply do not recognize their potential roles, in the development of students' academic interest. This conceptual paper is written under the auspices of the Interest-Driven Creator (IDC) initiative, a theoretical synthesis effort carried out by a group of educational researchers in Asia. The intention is to co-construct a holistic developmental/design framework to guide the students in fostering their learning interests, capabilities in creation, and learning habits - the three anchored concepts of the IDC theory. This paper focuses on delineating a three-component "interest loop" to guide the design of a coherent learning process that encompasses a series of learning tasks. The three components are: triggering interest, immersing interest, and extending interest. Underpinned by the rich literature on interest development, we will propose suitable design strategies for each of the three components, namely, curiosity, flow and meaningfulness, respectively. We will then explicate their respective design considerations/principles to maximize the intended effects. Copyright © 2015 Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Computers in Education ICCE 2015: Doctoral student consortium (DSC)
Place of PublicationJapan
PublisherAsia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
Pages804-813
ISBN (Print)9784990801496
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Citation

Wong, L.-H., Chan, T.-W., Chen, Z.-H., King, R. B., & Wong, S. L. (2015). The IDC theory: Interest and the interest loop. In B. Chang, G. Biswas, W. Chen, X. Gu, H. Ogata, W. Chen, et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Computers in Education ICCE 2015: Doctoral student consortium (DSC) (pp. 804-813). Japan: Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education.

Keywords

  • Conceptual paper
  • Curiosity
  • Flow
  • Interest development
  • Interest-Driven creator (IDC) theory
  • Meaningfulness

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