Disruptions to practice: Understanding suspensions of youths' interest-related activities

Katie Van Horne, Erica Van Steenis, William R. Penuel, Daniela DiGiacomo

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Abstract

An emerging line of research in the learning sciences focuses on generating a better understanding of how youth develop and sustain in interest-related pursuits. In this paper, we focus not on what sustains engagement in interest-related activities but on what disrupts it. Disruptions have largely been a neglected object of theorizing, even though they are acknowledged in models of interest development, such as the four phase model (Hidi & Renninger, 2006). We build upon Azevedo's (2011, 2013) lines of practice theory by drawing on conceptions of social practice from German-Danish critical psychology to expand and complicate the notion of "conditions of practice" for the youth in our study. We examined youth in our interview study who reported experiencing disruptions to their interest-related pursuits. We found that some youth suspended their participation due to loss of access to necessary resources, and other youth suspended pursuits due to competing educational commitments and future desires.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings
EditorsChee-Kit Looi, Joseph L. Polman, Ulrike Cress, Peter Reimann
Pages482-489
Number of pages8
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355090
StatePublished - 2016
Event12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Jun 20 2016Jun 24 2016

Conference

Conference12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016
Country/TerritorySingapore
CitySingapore
Period6/20/166/24/16

Keywords

  • Conditions of practice
  • Desired futures
  • Interests
  • Learning across settings
  • Social practice
  • Youth pathways

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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