Honors College

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Publication Date

Spring 2014


In this case study we look at three cases of situational interest during a teacher professional development workshop. The cases were selected because they illustrate events where multiple teachers exhibited spontaneous interest in a geologic feature or phenomena. This research was conducted at a three-day professional development workshop on the seashore in the northeastern part of the United States. The professional development involved 17 middle school teachers who spent the three days at three different locations learning about the geologic history at those locations. In this study, we express the signs of interest shown by the teachers in each case and then compare and contrast the commonalities in the cases themselves. The study ends with a list of implications for future professional development to increase situational interest.