IJIET 2020 Vol.10(8): 614-621 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2020.10.8.1433

Digital Interactive Quantitative Curiosity Assessment Tool: Questions Worlds

Noam Tor and Goren Gordon

Abstract—Curiosity is a 21st century skill and is of paramount importance in the digital age. However, the assessment of curiosity is often based on self-report or subjective observations. We present the development and evaluation of a digital quantitative assessment game for question-asking-based exploration. The student navigates a graphically presented question graph by selecting questions about a series of virtual alien worlds. The game extracts question-related quantitative measures, e.g., the breadth, depth and specificity of the answers to the questions. We conducted a study with Youth University students and administered a curiosity-based questionnaire to their class teachers as an external validation. Our results show that the measure of total question specificity in the last presented world is a significant predictor of children’s curiosity, as rated by their teachers. This suggests that curiosity can be quantitatively assessed by an entertaining digital question-based game.

Index Terms—Curiosity, question-asking, exploration, tablet game.

Noam Tor and Goren Gordon are with the Curiosity Lab, Department of Industrial Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel (e-mail: noamtor@gmail.com, goren@gorengordon.com).


Cite:Noam Tor and Goren Gordon, "Digital Interactive Quantitative Curiosity Assessment Tool: Questions Worlds," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 10, no. 8, pp. 614-621, 2020.

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  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
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  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
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