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ERIC Number: ED012382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 108
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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A DEFINITION OF CURIOSITY, A FACTOR ANALYSIS STUDY.
MAW, WALLACE H.
AN INVESTIGATION WAS CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE A DEFINITION OF CURIOSITY THAT WOULD HELP IDENTIFY PERSONALITY PATTERNS OF CHILDREN WHO ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE EITHER HIGH OR LOW IN CURIOSITY. DATA COLLECTED IN EARLIER STUDIES WERE FACTOR ANALYZED TO IDENTIFY THE PERSONAL AND SOCIAL VARIABLES THAT DIFFERENTIATE CHILDREN HIGH IN CURIOSITY FROM THOSE LOW IN CURIOSITY. SEVERAL KINDS OF MEASURING INSTRUMENTS WERE USED TO DETERMINE HIGH AND LOW CURIOSITY BOYS AND HIGH AND LOW CURIOSITY GIRLS, AND TO MEASURE VARIABLES THAT SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENTIATE AMONG THOSE GROUPS. THESE MEASURES WERE TEACHER JUDGEMENT OF CURIOSITY, PEER JUDGEMENT OF CURIOSITY, "ABOUT MYSELF" FOR SELF-RATING OF CURIOSITY, LORGE-THORNDIKE INTELLIGENCE TESTS, THE CALIFORNIA TEST OF PERSONALITY, A SOCIAL DISTANCE SCALE CALLED "OTHER PEOPLE TEST," THE BEHAVIOR PREFERENCE RECORD, THE CHILDREN'S PERSONALITY QUESTIONNAIRE, THE WORD ASSOCIATION TEST (CREATIVITY), THE CASSEL GROUP LEVEL OF ASPIRATION TEST, PEER JUDGMENT OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOR, THE INSTITUTE OF CHILD STUDY SECURITY TEST, THE INTOLERANCE OF AMBIGUITY SCALE, THE SOCIAL ATTITUDES SCALE, DESCRIPTIVE WORDS (MORALITY), AND THE SITUATIONAL INTERPRETATION EXPERIMENT. FACTORS IDENTIFIED BY THE ANALYSIS WERE DESCRIBED IN RELATION TO EACH OF THE FOUR GROUPS STUDIED. FROM THE RESULTS, THE AUTHOR CONCLUDED THAT THERE ARE PERSONAL AND SOCIAL FACTORS THAT DIFFERENTIATE THESE FOUR GROUPS, AND THAT, ALTHOUGH CURIOSITY AS A TERM HAD NOT BEEN DEFINED, THE BEHAVIOR OF THOSE WHO SHOW DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF CURIOSITY WAS SET FORTH MORE CLEARLY THAN IT HAD BEEN BEFORE. (AL)
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Authoring Institution: Delaware Univ., Newark.
Identifiers: CALIFORNIA TEST OF PERSONALITY; LORGE THORNDIKE INTELLIGENCE TESTS; NEWARK