ERIC Number: ED053549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May-3
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The Development of a Measure of State Epistemic Curiosity.
Leherissey, Barbara L.
A State Curiosity Scale (SCS) was developed to be a self-reporting measure of a student's level of specific epistemic curiosity aroused by learning materials. The state of epistemic curiosity was conceptualized as a transitory emotional or motivational condition of the student, the arousal level of which was expected to vary across time, both with the nature of the specific learning task and the student's personality characteristics. A high curiosity state level has been found to overcome a high anxiety level and thus to improve the conditions for learning. In order to assess the reliability and validity of the SCS two empirical studies were conducted with undergraduate students. The results of these studies, along with other supporting evidence indicated that the SCS was potentially a valid measure of state curiosity. (JY)
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Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee. Computer-Assisted Instruction Center.