Accession Number : AD0728984

Title :   The Development of a Measure of State Epistemic Curiosity.

Descriptive Note : Technical memo.,

Corporate Author : FLORIDA STATE UNIV TALLAHASSEE COMPUTER-ASSISTED INSTRUCTION CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Leherissey,Barbara L.

Report Date : 03 MAY 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : The development of a theoretically-derived measure of state epistemic curiosity, the State Curiosity Scale (SCS), was described. Reliability and validity data was collected in two empirical studies with female undergraduate students. Alpha reliability coefficients of .87 in Study I and .89 in Study II were found. Concurrent validity findings included a significant positive correlation between the SCS and the Ontario Test of Intrinsic Motivation (OTIM), a trait measure of specific curiosity. That is, Ss high in trait curiosity were found to have higher levels of state curiosity than Ss low in trait curiosity. Indirect evidence of the construct validity of the SCS were the findings of a significant negative correlation between state epistemic curiosity and state anxiety, and a significant positive correlation between state epistemic curisoity and performance in a Computer-Assisted Instruction (CAI) learning task. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PERSONALITY TESTS, TEST CONSTRUCTION(PSYCHOLOGY)), (*LEARNING, PERSONALITY), MOTIVATION, EDUCATION

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE