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Guo, Shesen; Zhang, Ganzhou; Zhai, Run – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2010
A powerful search for "curiosity" or its related topics at the online American Psychological Association PsycNET database will produce comparatively disappointing meagreness of resource. This reflects our scanty knowledge in this field though curiosity is widely recognised as one of the most important factors that contribute to motivation and…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Personality Traits, Measurement Techniques, Research Tools
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Baruch, Yael Kesner; Spektor-Levy, Ornit; Mashal, Nira – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
Today, early science education is a well-accepted view. Enhancing children's curiosity about the natural world and fostering positive attitudes toward science are primary goals of science education. However, questions remain regarding the appropriate ways to identify, nurture, and study these emotional states in pre-schoolers. This study examines…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Early Childhood Education, Science Education, Responses
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Norvilitis, Jill M.; Reid, Howard M.; Ling, Sun; Chen, Sisi – Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2013
Data were analyzed from 178 American and 153 Chinese college students who participated in a study examining motivation to attend college. Students in the two countries reported similar motivations for attending college, with career and personal reasons being most important and helping family least important. Also, the study assessed the influence…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Motivation, College Students, Cross Cultural Studies
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Norman, Patricia J.; Sparks, Brian – School-University Partnerships, 2018
School leaders typically encounter district policies and procedures that make it difficult to facilitate school improvement efforts effectively (Bottoms & Fry, 2009; Bottoms & Schmidt-Davis, 2010). When the San Antonio Independent School District earned a state level distinction as a District of Innovation, the PDS principal and university…
Descriptors: Professional Development Schools, Educational Innovation, Elementary School Teachers, College School Cooperation
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Trinick, Robyn; Pohio, Lesley – Music Educators Journal, 2018
Children have a natural curiosity about sound. This is particularly evident in the context of musical play. The potential of play for music learning may be overshadowed by a teacher-led and performance-focused approach to music education rather than an organic, self-initiated approach. By bringing together the child's natural curiosity about…
Descriptors: Music, Play, Early Childhood Education, Music Education
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Puente-Diaz, Rogelio; Cavazos-Arroyo, Judith – Journal of Creative Behavior, 2018
Two studies examined the role of task-, self-, and other-approach achievement goals, trait curiosity, and enjoyment as antecedents of creative self-efficacy and the influence of creative self-efficacy on grade point average and perceived performance/effort exerted among college business students from Mexico. To test our research hypotheses, we…
Descriptors: Creativity, Self Efficacy, College Students, Grade Point Average
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Engel, Susan – Educational Leadership, 2013
When the author and her colleague asked teachers to list which qualities were most important without giving them a list to choose from, almost none mentioned curiosity. Many teachers endorse curiosity when they are asked about it, but it is not uppermost on their minds--or shaping their teaching plans. Why is this disturbing? Because research…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Inquiry, Teacher Characteristics, Student Characteristics
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Ribeiro, Jair Lúcio Prados – Physics Teacher, 2018
We only became aware of the existence of bed prism spectacles when a student brought them to the classroom and asked us about how they work. The device proved to be a fertile source of curiosity among the students, and, to be properly understood, it required us to develop a comparison between reflection in a typical mirror and total internal…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Concepts, Comparative Analysis, Science Education
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Egan, Padraig – Primary Science, 2018
Artists and scientists attempt to understand all manner of things through skills such as observation, classifying, measuring, and making new connections. They share an innate curiosity about the world and how things work. This can be viewed as the common bond that ties the two disciplines together. In this article, Padraig Egan explores how art…
Descriptors: Science Education, Art Education, Integrated Activities, Science Activities
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Banerjee, Bidisha; Blaise, Mindy – Research in Education, 2018
In the spirit of reformulating notions of critique, this response builds on the creative research experimentation that the authors enacted to consider air differently. The authors continue to be lured by generosity, curiosity, surprise, and wonder and suggest two feminist responses that relate to and generate knowledge in alternative ways. Two…
Descriptors: Feminism, Philosophy, Epistemology, Semantics
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Andrews, I.; Nikolopoulos, K. – Physics Education, 2018
The development of a workshop using the language, techniques, and processes of visual art to introduce particle physics concepts is described. Innovative delivery methods committed to the interaction and collaboration of different specialist areas are utilised, which--in curriculum terms-- encourages connections to be made between separate…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Visual Arts, Teaching Methods
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Ting, Kan Lin; Siew, Nyet Moi – Journal of Education and Learning, 2014
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of outdoor school ground lessons on Year Five students' science process skills and scientific curiosity. A quasi-experimental design was employed in this study. The participants in the study were divided into two groups, one subjected to the experimental treatment, defined as…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Science Process Skills, Personality Traits, Instructional Effectiveness
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Froiland, John Mark; Mayor, Päivi; Herlevi, Marjaana – School Psychology International, 2015
Numerous studies indicate that intrinsic motivation predicts academic achievement. However, relatively few have examined various subtypes of intrinsic motivation that predict overall achievement, such as motivation for exercise and physical activity. Based upon the 16 basic desires theory of personality, the current study examined the motives of…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, High School Students, Physical Activities, Student Motivation
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Efklides, Anastasia – Teachers College Record, 2017
This article deals with the functioning of affect and epistemic emotions, such as surprise and curiosity, in self-regulated learning (SRL). The claim is that affect plays a major role in SRL not only as an independent process that can facilitate or impede learning activities and performance but also through its interactions with cognition and…
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Metacognition, Learning Activities, Correlation
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Puente-Díaz, Rogelio; Cavazos-Arroyo, Judith – Creativity Research Journal, 2017
Two studies examined the influence of encouragement for creativity, curiosity, harmonious passion, and autonomy support as antecedents of creative self-efficacy and imagination and divergent thinking as consequences. College students completed a battery of questionnaires. Structural equation modeling treating the variables as latent and not…
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Creativity, Self Efficacy, College Students
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