Positive Affect Relevant to Epistemic Curiosity to Reflect Continuance Intention to Join a Hands-On Making Contest
Jon-Chao Hong 1
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Elson Szeto 2
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Kai-Hsin Tai 1
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National Taiwan Normal University
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The Hong Kong Institute of Education
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Chi-Ruei Tsai   

National Taiwan Normal University, 162 Heping East Road, Section 1, 106 Taipei, Taiwan
Publish date: 2016-06-29
 
EURASIA J. Math., Sci Tech. Ed 2016;12(9):2267–2279
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Background:
Hands-on making (e.g., “Maker”) has become prevalent in current educational settings. To understand the role that students’ epistemic curiosity plays in hands-on making contests, this study explored its correlation to students’ positive affect and continuance intention to participate in a hands-on making contest called “PowerTech”. To circumvent parent involvement, PowerTech requires students to produce miniatures in the morning and use the miniatures to take part in relay racing and tug-of-war competitions in the afternoon.

Material and methods:
Data from 514 individuals were collected and subjected to confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling by AMOS 20.

Results:
The results revealed that the two types of epistemic curiosity (EC), interest (I-type) and informational deprivation type (D-type), played a mediating role in bonding participants’ positive affect and their continuance intention to join a hands-on making contest.

Conclusions:
The implication of this study suggests that students’ epistemic curiosity can be aroused in the process of participating in competitive hands-on making contests such as PowerTech.

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