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Serious fun : life-deep learning of koi hobbyists

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dc.contributor.advisor Falk, John
dc.creator Liu, Chi-Chang
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-08T16:11:08Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-08T16:11:08Z
dc.date.copyright 2012-04-09
dc.date.issued 2012-04-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/29056
dc.description Graduation date: 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract Hobby activities can be viewed through the lens of informal, free-choice learning. A wide range of hobbies combine fun and learning-intensive practices, and can contribute to scientific literacy. Hobby learning involves clear goal orientation, persistence and effort, and often results in more richly and strongly connected knowledge; traits highly valued in both in and out-of-school science learning. In this study, I used koi hobbyists as subjects to discover and explore hobbyists' information-seeking strategies under different learning scenarios. I approached koi hobbyists' learning about koi and their koi hobby in both quantitative and qualitative ways. I designed a Stage of Engagement Model to illustrate koi hobbyists' engagement with their hobby, and adapted Falk and Dierking's Contextual Model of Learning to explain how personal, socio-cultural and physical contextual factors affect koi hobbyists' learning. An instrument was developed to assess koi hobbyists' experience with keeping koi, knowledge about the hobby, motivation/goals, interaction with other hobbyists, and the information-seeking strategies they used under different learning scenarios. I administered this questionnaire to koi hobbyist communities in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and online. Based on the quantitative analysis, the results supported my hypotheses that koi hobbyists chose different information-seeking strategies based on personal contextual factors such as previous experience, motivation and learning goals; socio-cultural contextual factors such as interactions with other koi hobbyists; and physical contextual factors such as the nature of the problems they encounter. Koi hobbyists also chose different information-seeking strategies based upon their stage of engagement with their hobby. The long-term potential of this study is to offer insights into how learners construct their knowledge by applying different learning strategies under different personal, socio-cultural and physical circumstances, and to provide a framework for the future study of other kinds of hobbies and hobbyists that will help to promote public scientific literacy. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject free-choice learning en_US
dc.subject hobbyists' learning en_US
dc.subject leisure en_US
dc.subject contextual model of learning en_US
dc.subject information seeking strategy en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Information behavior en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Experiential learning en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Active learning en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Non-formal education en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Aquarists -- Social networks en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Aquarists -- Attitudes en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Koi -- Study and teaching en_US
dc.title Serious fun : life-deep learning of koi hobbyists en_US
dc.type Thesis/Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Science Education en_US
dc.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.degree.discipline Education en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Chan, Samuel
dc.contributor.committeemember Rowe, Shawn
dc.contributor.committeemember Luh, Hang-Kwang
dc.contributor.committeemember Miller-Morgan, Timothy
dc.contributor.committeemember Proteau, Philip
dc.description.peerreview no en_us

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