ERIC Number: ED056747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Curiosity and Exploratory Behavior in Disadvantaged Children: A Follow-Up Study.
Minuchin, Patricia P.
In a follow-up study of curiosity and exploratory behavior, subjects were 18 disadvantaged inner-city black children who had been observed at age four in their first year of a Head Start program, and who were now finishing first grade. Data were obtained from teachers, observations in the classrooms, and an individual session with each child. Each child was rated on a series of scales focussed on curiosity and other relevant dimensions. Findings indicate that the most curious and exploratory children at four years old are, for the most part, among the most vigorous, searching and adaptive at age six. An additional finding was that from the structure of the rooms, the conduct of events, and the nature of the curricula, it seemed evident that the schools the subjects attended did not generally assume that questioning and exploration were fundamental to learning. Some interactions were recorded that suggested active discouragement. Such situations have complex, long-term implications for the exercise and development of exploratory behavior, both in children who have been non-exploratory and in children who enter school with a basically exploratory stance. (Author/MK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Exploratory Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April, 1971