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ERIC Number: EJ764338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0966-9760
Teachers' and Parents' Conceptions of Children's Curiosity and Exploration
Chak, Amy
International Journal of Early Years Education, v15 n2 p141-159 Jun 2007
Although curiosity is a characteristic often observed in young children, it has not received much academic interest in recent years. Among its many dimensions, the epistemic nature of curiosity, or the quest for knowledge, deserves attention. To explore the potential application of "epistemic curiosity", it is important to understand how lay conceptions complement theoretical conceptualizations. As people who are significant in organizing children's environment, how teachers and parents view curiosity is essential to how they will respond to the manifestation of this characteristic in children. A questionnaire was developed to examine teachers' and parents' conception of children's curiosity and exploratory behavior and whether they value this characteristic. The participants of this study were preschool teachers and parents with a preschool-age child. The findings indicated that the participants have a positive view toward curiosity and exploration and that teachers are more willing than parents to encourage this characteristic in young children. A factor analysis indicated that teachers' and parents' conceptualization of curiosity is multi-dimensional, showing some similarities with theoretical conceptualization. (Contains 4 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong