The focus of this paper is the ability of children to ask questions. Originally a natural manifestation of children's inquisitiveness, this paper focuses on how this ability can be grown and developed at school. The study deals with the ability to question at preschool and early school age (children 5 to 7, N=161). The Ready2ask method had been created to measure the number of questions asked via visual and linguistic stimuli. It was verified that the ability of children to ask questions varies consistently, regardless of stimulus type. An average of 5±3 questions on visual stimuli and 2±2 questions on linguistic stimuli have been recorded. The ability to ask questions was correlated with IQ (Pearson r= .321 to .454). Children with higher intelligence ask usually more questions with both visual and linguistic stimuli. It was found that the number of questions generated by the indifferent visual stimulus is a good predictor of IQ, especially its verbal component (r= .503). Short tasks similar to the ones presented in this article might be a simple tool that can help and assistance to teachers in kindergartens for nominating gifted children in preschool age.
|Keywords:||Readiness to Ask Questions, Visual and Linguistic Stimuli, Preschool Children|
Lecturer and Researcher in Psychology, Department of Primary and Preprimary Education, University of Hradec Králové, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
Lecturer and Researcher in Psychology, Department of Psychology, Masaryk's University, Brno, Czech Republic