Adult response to children's exploratory behaviours: An exploratory study

Amy Wing Sum CHAK

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Children's interest in exploration is the hallmark of their curiosity. As people who are significant in organising children's environment, how teachers and parents respond to children's exploratory behaviours may promote or hinder the child's desire for further investigation. With reference to Kurt Lewin's concept of 'total situation', various hypothetical scenarios on children's exploratory behaviours in different contexts were designed to solicit teachers' and parents' interpretation of the behaviour, how they might respond in the situation and the rationale behind their response. The findings indicated that the decision of adults in allowing children to explore is influenced by a combination of child, adult and situational factors. Copyright © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)633-646
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


Exploratory Behavior
Child Behavior


Chak, A. (2010). Adult response to children's exploratory behaviours: An exploratory study. Early Child Development and Care, 180(5), 633-646.


  • Curiosity
  • Exploratory behaviour
  • Teachers' response
  • Parents' response
  • Kurt Lewin