ERIC Number: ED026610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb-10
Reference Count: 0
A Progress Report on the Development of a Test of Curiosity.
A test of curiosity is being constructed with a view to item-content appropriateness for a population of unselected adults. Curiosity may be defined as specific or diversive. It was felt that the two were not synonymous and there was a need to differentiate between them; the test of specific curiosity under construction aims to identify the individual who reacts with positive affect toward situations high in novelty and complexity and who tends to approach them with the purpose of exploring the stimulation, reducing uncertainty, and gaining information. The construction proceeded from a theoretical description of selected characteristics and expected behaviors. Specific curiosity was conceptualized as a three-faced cube; face 1 is the nature of stimulation (complexity, novelty, ambiguity); face 2 is the nature of the response (observation, questioning, thinking); and face 3 is interests (outdoors, mechanical, computation, scientific, persuasive, artistic, literary, musical, social service, and clerical). The first data collection has been analyzed; the questionnaire has been revised; and it is expected that this revised questionnaire will be available for validity and research studies within a very few months. (eb)
Descriptors: Adults, Curiosity, Difficulty Level, Individual Characteristics, Interests, Personality Measures, Research, Responses, Test Construction, Test Validity
22p.; Paper presented at the National Seminar on Adult Education Research (Toronto, February 9-11, 1969)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.