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"Take a student, place him in a situation of moderate uncertainty about some topic and get out of his way while he gets excited and attentive and directs his exploration to the source of his uncertainty. Moreover, research has demonstrated that he will enjoy his exploration and the accumulation of knowledge."

--Hy Day, from "Curiosity and the Interested Explorer," 1982, p.19.


This page serves as a repository for selected articles published by me and/or with co-authors. I plan on making additions such as evaluation instruments and other tools from my research that may be helpful to educators.



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Curiosity, Interest and Engagement in Technology-pervasive Learning Environments: A New Research Agenda
This paper identifies the need for developing new ways to study curiosity in the context of today’s pervasive technologies and unprecedented information access.
Supporting Inquiry by Identifying Gaps in Student Confidence: Development of a Measure of Perceived Competence
Empirical Support for the Integration of Dispositions in Action and Multiple Literacies into AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner
The data provided in this article support the importance of considering the dispositions-in-action component of the new standards when planning instruction.
Using Instructional Design Strategies to Foster Curiosity
Educators and instructional designers recognize that instilling curiosity in students encourages their disposition to learn.This ERIC Digest provides a brief background on curiosity and strategies for stimulating this scholarly attribute.
The Effect of Early Adolescents’ Psychological Needs Satisfaction upon Their Perceived Competence in Information Skills and Intrinsic Motivation for Research
This study investigates the extent to which context factors inherent to the school library influence students’ perceived competence in the domain of information skills (PCIS), and their intrinsic motivation for research (IMR).