Journal of Basic Education

Curiosity and Exploration Revisited

2000.第9卷第2期/第10卷第1期(Vol. 9 No. 2/Vol. 10 No. 1).pp. 1–21

Curiosity and Exploration Revisited


Amy CHAK(翟永森)


Curiosity is an eminent characteristic observed in young children and has been frequently associated with motivation for knowledge acquisition in psychology. This paper aims to revitalize the rich conceptual meanings of curiosity through an overview of the research. The overview includes: definitions and dimensionalities of curiosity, its causes and instigation, and its forms of expression. Supplementing the current views, the author points to the significance of sustaining children's curiosity and its possible relation to the development of interest. In particular, an interactive perspective of an individual's intrinsic motivation and the external environment by integrating the cognitive, affective and social dimensions of curiosity is proposed. This perspective is examined in the context of the adult significant figures' role in enhancing and sustaining children's curiosity. The author intends to call for a "careful listening" to the child's world.