Ed Tip: The Importance of Curiosity

Find ways to help students express their curiosity and ask questions.

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Curiosity is a key element in effective learning. When students are curious, they are much more likely to ask questions and to engage in the learning process. Studies have shown that curiosity and question-asking decrease significantly for students once they begin formal schooling. To offset this concerning trend, we must purposefully design learning that not only allows active questioning but also encourages it.

Key Points About Curiosity

  • Curiosity engages students.
  • We need to think about how the school experience impacts curiosity.
  • Studies affirm that curiosity leads to better learning.
  • The skills developed by fostering curiosity are in high demand.


Integration Ideas

To foster curiosity in our classrooms, we must make space for student questions and inquiry. Rather than focusing only on correct answers, we must encourage students to be inquisitive and ask the right questions. Once they have generated those questions, it’s equally important to have them seek the answers. Project-based learning and the inquiry learning process are two ideal ways to achieve this.

How can I learn more?

Explore the following AVID Open Access article: Engage Students by Cultivating Their Curiosity.