ERIC Number: ED094850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Education, Curiosity and Questioning.
Robinson, W. P., Ed.
This report by the Schools Council Project in England examines questions and responses of children aged 8-16, and in particular, the role that curiosity and questions can play in learning. Chapter 1 compares comments of various government-sponsored reports. The second chapter reviews ideas and evidence about both curiosity and questions and the link between them. Chapter 3 analyzes the linking between perceived value, relevance, and surprisingness, via interest, to the amount of questioning. Chapter 4 looks at a number of problems outside the constraints of traditional classroom experimentation. While the fifth chapter yields a clear picture of social class differences in reported boredom, chapter 6 does not yield a similar result for questions, and recasons for this are discussed. Chapter 7 reports the findings of social class differences in the efficiency with which individual questions are posed by 7- to 10-year-old children. These findings are analyzed in relation to the discovery that this same social class difference was not obtained with middle and working class adolescents. Chapter 8 looks at factors associated with the selection of persons to whom questions can be posed. Chapter 9 poses two basic problems: Does the posing of questions in fact facilitate learning? Will the teacher's questions encourage learning as much as the pupil's own questions? Chapter 10 provides an overview and discussion. (CS)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Patterns, Behavioral Science Research, Children, Curiosity, Dropouts, Educational Research, Individual Characteristics, Intellectual Development, Learning Processes, Lower Class, Middle Class, Primary Education, Questioning Techniques, Secondary Education, Social Differences, Teacher Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Schools Council, London (England).
Authoring Institution: Southampton Univ. (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)