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The Best Posts On Curiosity


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I was prompted to write this post after reading a piece this morning in Scientific American about a very intriguing study. The S-A article is titled Openness to Experience and Creative Achievement.

The article is a big confusing — at least, to a layperson like me. Fortunately, however, the author links to another study that supports his conclusions, and that study was much more accessible to me.

To quickly summarize it — at least, my understanding of its conclusions — both studies find that achievement (academic and otherwise), and especially creative achievement, require three qualities: intellect, conscientiousness and intellectual curiosity. It’s that last quality that you don’t hear much more — intellectual ability and “grit” get a lot of attention, but what the second study calls having a “hungry mind” hasn’t been written about nearly as much.

I think that this finding has some potential for use in the classroom, especially when we work with students on the importance of asking good questions. I know that I always have a disproportionate number of students, for example, who aspire to be video game designers, and incorporating these studies in a life skills lesson sure wouldn’t hurt!

Here are some other resources on the importance of curiosity:

The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions

Quote Of The Day: Asking Genuine Questions

“The Hook, Curiosity, and the Brain”

The Case for Curiosity

How Can Teachers Foster Curiosity? is from Ed Week.

The Psychology of Curiosity

Research Says / Curiosity Is Fleeting, but Teachable is an excellent piece by Bryan Goodwin.

“Curiosity improves memory by tapping into the brain’s reward system”

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why? is from NPR.

Study: Conscientiousness + Curiosity = Academic Success

What A Great Idea — “Surprise Journals” — & It Has Student Examples, Too!

8 HABITS OF CURIOUS PEOPLE is from Fast Company, and could be a very accessible article for students to read.

Good Video On The Science Behind Curiosity

Using The “Curiosity Gap” Enhance Student Motivation

See Three-Act Tasks by Dan Meyer.

Curiosity Prepares the Brain for Better Learning is from Scientific American.

Can We Teach Curiosity? is by Sarah Donarski.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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