Menucha Birenbaum

Menucha Birenbaum
Tel Aviv University | TAU · School of Education

Ph.D.

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Introduction
Menucha Birenbaum is a Professor Emerita of educational assessment at Tel Aviv University. Her research interests include formal and informal assessment for learning (AfL), school-related contextual factors that facilitate or hinder the successful implementation of AfL, learning environments that foster learner agency, and large-scale diagnostic assessment. Currently, a research group led by her studies curiosity to conceptualize the joy of learning.
Additional affiliations
October 2011 - November 2020
Tel Aviv University
Position
  • Professor Emeritus
January 1981 - October 2011
Tel Aviv University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
September 1977 - November 1980
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Field of study
  • Educational Psychology

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Publications (105)
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In this chapter, I contrast two school cultures—assessment culture (AC) and testing culture (TC)—and examine their potential to support or inhibit assessment for learning. First, I compare the two cultures with regard to the mindset that each culture reflects and then with regard to classroom learning, teacher professional learning, and leadership,...
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The paper reports results of three studies that used a formative assessment (FA) framework to compare schools that vary in their level of functioning as professional learning communities with respect to three processes: classroom assessment (study 1), development and implementation of school-based curriculum (study 2), and pedagogical conversations...
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The study investigated the relationships between assessment for learning (AfL) and attributes of two school-related contexts – the classroom assessment culture (CAC) in which AfL is embedded, and the larger context in which CAC is nested, namely the school-based professional learning community (SBPLC). The research design comprised two layers – qua...
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High quality assessment practice is expected to yield valid and useful score-based interpretations about what the examinees know and are able to do with respect to a defined target domain. Given this assertion, the article presents a framework based on the “unified view of validity,” advanced by Cronbach and Messick over two decades ago, to assist...
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The title Assessment 2000 would have sounded like science fiction a few decades ago, an opportunity to use my imagination in making creative and wild speculations about assessment in a distant future. However, less than half a decade before the due date, this chapter entails more modest and careful speculations, based on contemporary theories and o...
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Evidence regarding curiosity collected from autobiographies of renowned scientists and inventors written in the 20th and 21st centuries were analyzed to detect authentic expressions related to the five-dimensional model of curiosity and personality, in addition to other personal attributes. Explored were also profiles of contextual and personal fac...
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The paper entitled “From focusing on teaching to focusing on learning and cultivating learning joy” was written in response to the question: What can and should be done to initiate a significant change in the Israeli education system? In order to answer the question, I divided the paper into the following three sub-questions: 1. Why is change requi...
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The curiosity of Israeli educators from two separate educational systems (Jewish and Arab) was compared regarding five curiosity dimensions, types of curious people, and values that drive actions. Two assessment modes were employed (Likert-type and open-ended). The quantitative and qualitative analyses showed significant differences between the two...
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The paper entitled “From focusing on teaching to focusing on learning and cultivating learning joy” (to be published in a forthcoming Hebrew collection entitled “"Education at a Crossroads: Brainstorming" (temporary title), edited by Yoram Harpaz, 2019) was written in response to the question: What can and should be done to initiate a significant c...
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The five-dimensional curiosity construct, recently advanced by Kashdan and his colleagues (2018a), was examined using open-ended and Likert type questionnaires to further understand the nomological network and correlates of the five curiosity dimensions. The nature of each dimension (Joyous Exploration, Deprivation Sensitivity, Stress Tolerance, So...
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Meeting twenty-first century education objectives requires a paradigm change in teaching and assessment, moving from assessment as measurement to focusing on diagnosing learning to improve it. Assessment for Learning (AfL), a contextual assessment approach that is in keeping with the new paradigms, is the focus of this collection of articles. AfL f...
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The multi-user virtual environment (MUVE) described in this chapter is aimed to promote learner agency and motivation by engaging students in authentic and challenging learning experiences aligned with educational goals to foster twenty-first century competencies. Principles of assessment for learning (AfL) and gamification will be integrated to de...
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The study purported to identify, describe, and compare interaction patterns in whole-class discourse between classrooms differing in cultural attributes. Compared were lessons of two history teachers in middle schools located in the same geographical region serving the same population. Classroom interactions were studied from an assessment for lear...
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This paper discusses the emergence of assessment for learning (AfL) across the globe with particular attention given to Western educational jurisdictions. Authors from Australia, Canada, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, and the USA explain the genesis of AfL, its evolution and impact on school systems, and discuss current trends in policy dire...
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This chapter adopts a complex-systems framework to conceptualize assessment culture (AC) in school. It highlights two complex systems that are nested in the AC system, namely classroom learning and teacher professional learning, and points to recursive interactions among the three systems whereby they influence each other in a co-evolutionary proce...
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This chapter adopts a complex-systems framework to conceptualize assessment culture (AC) in school. It highlights two complex systems that are nested in the AC system, namely classroom learning and teacher professional learning, and points to recursive interactions among the three systems whereby they influence each other in a co-evolutionary proce...
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This study examined the relationships between self-efficacy calibration and test-taking behavior as measured by the percentage of skipped items, unreached items, and incorrect responses on a mathematics test. Jewish and Arab 8th graders in four achievement levels, as defined by quartiles of the test score distribution, were compared with respect to...
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This study sheds light on the achievement gap between two culturally diverse populations in Israel by employing a diagnostic model for analysing responses of a representative sample of Jewish and Arab fourth graders on a national mathematics test. The results indicated large significant differences, in favour of the Jewish group, on most attributes...
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The relationship between assessment and instruction preferences of undergraduate students was examined as well as the extent to which the combined set of preferences differentiates among four groups of students defined by their levels of test anxiety and learning strategies (high in both, low in both or high in one and low in the other). The result...
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1. Executive summary The following position paper sets out to inform policy makers, educators, and fund raisers about the state-of-the-art, the possibilities, and the needs for innovation in assessment. The position paper is divided into the following sections: • Why current assessment systems fail learners and teachers This section describes the s...
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The importance of developing effective learning strategies and motivational beliefs has been widely acknowledged as a way of meeting the demand to acquire lifelong learning capabilities for successful functioning as professionals in the `information age'. The study reported in this paper examined the learning orientations and strategies of prospect...
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The study examined the effects of gender and ethnicity on mathematics achievement on a national test and on dispositions (attitudes, perceived parental expectations, effort, and help) towards the study of mathematics of a representative sample of Jewish and Arab eighth graders in Israel. The results indicated a large ethnic gap in achievement in fa...
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The paper offers a rationale for assessing collaborative knowledge building in asynchronous discussion forums and presents an assessment guide designed for this purpose. The guide consists of rubrics for assessing the so-called three Ps: quality of individual's contributions (Person), of group interactions (Process), and of the emergent knowledge n...
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A diagnostic methodology for large-scale assessment was employed to compare performance on a national test in mathematics of representative samples of Jewish and Arab 8th graders in Israel in order to shed light on a previously identified large achievement gap between these 2 populations. The results revealed significant differences between the 2 g...
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This study examined a structural model of mathematics achievement of 2 culturally different groups of Jewish and Arab 8th graders in terms of 5 learner-related variables, namely, gender, epistemological beliefs, self-efficacy, attitudes, and mathematics anxiety. Multigroup structural modeling analysis indicated that the goodness of fit of the hypot...
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A diagnostic model for large‐scale assessment was applied to TIMSS data to compare mathematics performance of eighth graders from three countries—the US, Singapore, and Israel. Compared were attribute mastery probabilities for content, skills and cognitive processes underlying students’ performance on the 1999 TIMSS‐R mathematics test. Also compare...
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Web-based learning environments are often criticized for being driven by technology rather than by learning theories. The author created a learning environment consisting of online and offline components that are combined to exploit the advantages of both hypermedia technology and face-to-face instruction. She presents the pedagogical rationale and...
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The project reported in this paper developed an empirically based multidimensional assessment of self-directed learning through inquiry for use in primary schools that want to promote self-directed active learners. Development of the assessment tools and initial findings regarding validity and reliability of the assessment are reported. Intended an...
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This study develops a tool for identifying students'' preferred teaching approaches, with high internal consistency for the scales involved. We examined these preferences in relation to students'' approaches to learning and to two academic disciplines with contrasting academic environments. The sample consisted of 175 engineering and education unde...
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This article describes a graduate course on alternative assessment in which the instructional intervention was designed in accordance with constructivist principles. The research examines the effect of this intervention on the learning and knowledge building processes and the subsequent quality of knowledge, as evidenced in students’ learning journ...
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The study examined the relationships between learning patterns and attitudes towards two assessment formats: open‐ended (OE) and multiple‐choice (MC), among students in higher education. Sixteen Semantic Differential scales measuring emotional reactions, intellectual reactions and appraisal of each assessment format, along with measures of learning...
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The purpose of the present study was to examine the agreement of diagnostic classifications from two parallel subtests assessing a procedural skill in mathematics using three levels of scoring: (a) observed item scores (correct/incorrect), (b) underlying rules of operation, and (c) underlying task attributes. A bug analysis and a rule space analysi...
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The study investigated inter- and intra-group differences in assessment preferences among students in two academic disciplines which differ in their educational environment through examining the relationships between assessment preferences and student learning orientations and strategies. The sample consisted of 85 engineering and 87 education stud...
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The study tested the integrated model for explaining the effect of test anxiety (TA) on performance. The model assumes two types of test-anxious students—those with good information organization (IO) skills and those with poor ones. It was hypothesized that an interaction would emerge between IO and TA in predicting performance in an evaluative sit...
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This theoretical book presents and discusses traditional and new assessment modes from paradigmatic, psychometric and pedagogical perspectives. The book advances a pluralistic approach oriented towards adaptive assessment. Chapters: 1. Educational ideologies underlying modes of assessment. 2. Roles and modes of assessment. 3. Instructional goals a...
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Achievement assessment has undergone a major shift, from what some call a `culture of testing' to a `culture of assessment'. Nowadays, a strong emphasis is placed on the integration of assessment and instruction, on assessing processes rather than just products, and on evaluating individual progress relative to each student's starting point. This b...
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The purpose of the present study was to examine gender and ethnic differences among Jewish and Arab high school students in Israel with respect to their causal attributions for success and failure in mathematics and language examinations. The entire sample included 333 ninth graders. Nine causal attributions were examined. It was hypothesized that...
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This study examined sex differences in spatial abilities using a standard two-dimensional paper-and-pencil test of mental rotation administered to 410 subjects. A personality questionnaire and six other ability tests related to mental rotation were also administered: numerical ability, verbal ability, inductive reasoning, associative memory, percep...
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Student models for procedural tasks in mathematics have relied heavily on analyses of bugs to guide their remediation. This paper reports on an analysis of data that first confirms the results of recent studies by finding a relatively large number of bugs to be unstable, with stable bugs tending to be infrequent. The paper then illustrates a method...
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The purpose of the present short report is to investigate the correlates of statistics anxiety. The sample consisted of 151 first‐ and second‐year‐level female students in the department of educational sciences enrolled in statistics‐related courses. The findings indicated that a priori anxiety of statistics was not reduced by acquaintance with the...
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Investigated relationships between test anxiety and test performance among 431 10th graders from 15 classes of 2 Arab high schools in Israel. Findings revealed two types of test-anxious students: those who lack test-taking skills and those who lack study skills. Findings suggest that deficit and interference models of test anxiety complement each o...
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A scheme is introduced for classifying assessment methods by using a mapping sentence and examples of three tasks from research methodology are provided along with their profiles (structures) based on the mapping sentence. An instrument to determine student assessment preferences is presented and explored. (SLD)
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This study introduces procedures for constructing a proficiency scale for a large-scale test by applying Tatsuoka's Rule Space Model. The SAT mathematics (SAT M), Section II, is used for illustrating the process and the results. A task analysis is summarized in a mapping sentence, and then 14 processess and content attributes are identified for exp...
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This paper illustrates the use of rule space as a tool to support cognitive analyses of students' mathematical behavior. The rule-space approach is explained and is then used to classify students into one of two methods for solving linear algebraic equations in one unknown and to diagnose their knowledge states in this topic. A 32-item test with op...
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The study applied a psychometric model-the rule-space model-to diagnose students' states of knowledge about how the exponents behave in multiplication and division of quantities with exponents. A 38-item test was administered to 431 Grade 10 students. Each item was characterized by a list of task attributes required for answering the item correctly...
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This study examined the saliency of two independent dimensions of group identity—gender and ethnicity—for attitudes toward different languages in an Israeli context. The study is presented within the framework of social identity theory and treats the implications of multiple group memberships for the interpersonal/intergroup continuum of social beh...
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The purpose of the study was to discern via an error analysis the process that underlies the relationship between test anxiety (TA) and mathematics test performance, with gender as a mediator variable. Sarason's RTT questionnaire (as a measure of TA) and a diagnostic test in algebra were administered to 231 junior high school students. Error analys...
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Investigated the effect of response format on diagnostic assessment of students' performance on an algebra test. 231 8th and 9th graders (aged 14–25 yrs) in Israel were administered a test consisting of linear algebraic equations with 1 unknown to identify students' "bugs" (incorrect rules used to solve a problem). Two sets of parallel, open-ended...
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Diagnoses of students' performance on procedural mathematical tasks need to display a certain level of stability and robustness if they are to be used as the basis for remediation, particularly with computer-delivered instruction. The purpose of this study was to compare two diagnostic approaches for describing students' errors in algebra--a bug an...
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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the relationships between involvement in volunteer activities of youth from disadvantaged neighborhoods and their life aspirations: the intensity of their remembered positive experiences: and their sense of coherence (SOC). Scales measuring these factors were administered to three groups of adoles...
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The purpose of the study was twofold: To investigate the structure of the test anxiety construct. and to compare the psychometric properties of rating scales versus questionnaire scales of test anxiety.The intercorrelations among fourteen test anxiety measures, representing the one-, two-and four-dimensional models were examined as well as the corr...
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The purpose o f this study was to examine the consistency with which students applied procedural rules for solving signed-number operations across identical items presented in different orders. A test with 64 open-ended items was administered to 161 eighth graders. The test consisted o f two 32-item subtests containing identical items. The items in...
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The purpose of the present study was to examine the nature of a social desirability measure under two different types of instructions for filling out personality questionnaires in an occupational selection setting. 1230 male applicants for public vehicle driving licences were administered Cattett's 16PF and the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EP...
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Obtained factor-analytic results of the relationships between the Hebrew versions of the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF)—Form A, the Clinical Analysis Questionnaire—Part II, and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). The data were obtained from 781 Israeli adult males in a personnel-selection setting. Nine factors w...
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The present investigation sought to further examine the underlying factorial structure of the Sensation Seeking Scale (SSS). Since the cross-national replicability of the structure postulated by Zuckerman was studied recently by researchers from Australia and Canada using the SSS form V (Ball, Farnill and Wangeman, 1983; Rowland and Franken, 1986),...
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The purpose of the present study was to examine the effect of response format—open-ended (OE) versus multiple-choice (Me)—on the diagnosis of examinee misconceptions in a procedural task. A test in fraction addition arithmetic was administered to 285 eighth- grade students, 148 of whom responded to the OE ver sion of the test and 137 to the MC vers...
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The present study examined the effect of three modes of feedback on the seriousness of error types committed on a post-test. The measure of seriousness of error types, or wrong rules, indicates to what extent the wrong rules deviate from the right rule. An on-line, free-response, six-item pre-test covering addition of signed numbers was administere...
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The purpose of the present study was to examine the structure validity of Zuckerman's Sensation Seeking Scale in a non-English-speaking culture. A nonmetric multidimensional scaling technique (SSA) was employed for analyzing the responses of 272 Israeli male applicants for a job for which sensation seeking was of special relevance. The general find...
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The advantages of a rule assessment approach to the interpretation of achievement test results have been demonstrated using an S-P chart with coded error types. The problems of similar total test scores resulting from completely different misapprehensions, as well as correct answers resulting from incorrect rules of operation, were addressed using...
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In the framework of efforts to clarify the relationship between the sensation seeking construct and psychopathological factors, several hypotheses based on conceptual analysis and previous empirical findings were tested. Seven hundred sixty-five male applicants for security-related jobs were administered Zuckerman's Sensation Seeking Scale (SSS), F...
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The Endler S-R Inventory of General Trait Anxiousness was analysed employing Smallest Space Analysis and factor analysis. The Smallest Space Analysis yielded a two-dimensional lattice partitioning the space into regions corresponding to the situations and the response clusters. The situations were the ones specified in the inventory: Interpersonal...
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The purpose of the study was to examine the location of Zuckerman's sensation seeking (SS) construct in the personality domain as measured by Cattell's 16 personality factors (16PF). The results of the factor analytic study indicated that the global construct of sensation seeking is related to the broad personality factor of independence. When the...
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This study examined the effect of anxiety and dissi mulation motivation of job applicants on their perfor mance on an ability test. Two aspects of performance were considered: the total score and the appropriate ness score. Four IRT-based appropriateness indices for detecting aberrant response patterns were employed in this study. The results indic...
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The relationship between personality and sensation-seeking factors was investigated in a large sample of applicants for jobs where sensation seeking was of special relevance. Four distinct patterns of relationship between the two domains were found. The first reflected an association between the Thrill and Adventure Seeking (TAS) component of the...
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This paper focusses on measures for detecting unusual or aberrant response patterns on a test. The use of the S-P chart technique (Sato, 1975) is demonstrated. Several appropriateness measures based on classical test theory as well as on Item Response Theory, are presented (see, for example: Harnisch and Taksuoka, 1983; Rudner, 1983; Taksuoka and L...
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A task specification chart (TSC) that integrates the content facets and the procedural steps of a specified task is suggested as a tool for designing a test and for interpreting its results. An instructional unit for adding and subtracting fractions was used to demonstrate the design and application of the TSC. To evaluate its efficacy, a test base...
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The study compared nine indices of response pattern appropriateness based on IRT with respect to their relation to the total test score and their, effectiveness in detecting unusual response patterns. Three groups of response patterns were analyzed; a group of cooperative examinees, a group of uncooperative examinees and a group of randomly generat...
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The theories of Kerlinger and Eysenck on the nature of the dimensions underlying social attitudes are discussed. Integrating principles from both theories, an alternative approach to the issue is suggested and tested on the domain of attitudes towards education in relation to personality. The results of a multivariate analysis support Kerlinger's c...

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We have recently started a multi-stage research agenda to deepen our understanding regarding the nature of the multi-faceted curiosity construct and to conceptualize joy of learning in order to design intervention programs to promote them among teachers, school principals, and students in order to fulfil the potential of assessment for learning (AfL) to promote teachers' professional learning and their capacity to nurture students’ 21st century competencies. We have just completed the first study, wherein we examined the five-dimensional curiosity construct, recently proposed by Kashdan and his colleagues (2018). We administered a Hebrew version of their 5-DC Scale along with open-ended questions related to those dimensions, questionnaires comprising items describing their four curiosity types, and endorsement of value-driven actions. Results of qualitative and quantitative analyses validated the Hebrew version of the 5DC-Scale and shed light on the role of positive uncertainty (stress tolerance) and of thrill-seeking in shaping epistemic and social curiosity; on authentic descriptions of reactions to curiosity-related objects or situations; on types of questions of interest that are more likely to be posed by curious people, and on values that drive their actions. We are starting now our second study assessing curiosity of educational staff members. Further studies will involve interviews with famous curious figures as well as cross-cultural comparisons.
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To study students' perceptions of teaching approaches and identify who prefers which approach and why.