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Bradbury, Leslie; Wilson, Rachel – Science and Children, 2019
In this article, fourth graders investigate the physical and behavioral adaptations of crayfish. Because crayfish are native to the area and many students have experience observing them in local streams, the author decided to use these organisms to explore the relationship between the structure of their various body parts and how those structures…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Grade 4, Animals, Science Instruction
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Odeneal, Alexander – Primary Science, 2019
In this article, newly qualified teacher (NQT) Alexander Odeneal shares some ideas that primary teachers could use to capture pupils' interest and support scientific discussions. The article offers four different activities and an explanation of why they do what they do to support the non-specialist teacher leading the lesson. Each activity…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students
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Lamnina, Marianna; Chase, Catherine – AERA Online Paper Repository, 2017
Curiosity is associated with cognitive development and learning. In fact, Piaget suggested that being curious is a prerequisite for knowledge construction. One way to increase curiosity is to put individuals in situations of uncertainty, so that they become motivated to seek knowledge of the unfamiliar. A teaching method that appears to do this…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Teaching Methods, Direct Instruction, Prediction
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Senent, Isabela Garcia; Kelley, Kendra; Abo-Zena, Mona M. – Early Child Development and Care, 2021
In many contexts, early educators are pressured to adopt narrow, skill-based curricular approaches and accompanying standards and measures of accountability. Alternatively, other educators infuse holistic learning and development through the play and guided inquiry of young children. For decades, passionate educators and caregivers have studied…
Descriptors: Reggio Emilia Approach, Learning Theories, Child Development, Accountability
McREL International, 2018
Assessment can accomplish so much more than assigning a grade! It can deepen the bonds of trust and shared commitment between teacher and student--and among students--helping the class see that when it comes to mastering content, they're all in it together. With this 8-page durable guide that is part of our Curiosity Works┬« series, teachers can…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Student Evaluation, Motivation Techniques, Learning Motivation
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Yun, Suninn – Journal of Philosophy of Education, 2018
This paper explores the multiple facets of curiosity stimulated by an exhibition at the Museum of London. The Crime Museum Uncovered displayed real objects used in crimes in London over the past 140 years. Visitors were presented with questions about the exhibits: 'What does it mean to put these objects on public display?' 'In what ways can the…
Descriptors: Museums, Crime, Exhibits, Philosophy
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Standish, Paul – Journal of Philosophy of Education, 2020
Curiosity has rightly received much attention in epistemology and educational research. Although, through the centuries, it has been regarded with a degree of ambivalence, the trend now is towards its championing as an intellectual or epistemic virtue. The present discussion juxtaposes it against a contrasting way of knowing, which I refer to as…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Epistemology, Familiarity, Educational Practices
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Ainley, Mary – Educational Psychology Review, 2019
This article explores the relation between curiosity and interest by examining how in-the-moment experiences of curiosity and of interest emerge out of exploratory behavior observed in infancy and early childhood. As experiential states, there is little to distinguish curiosity and interest. Descriptions of developing interests that refer to…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Interests, Behavior, Individual Differences
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Sher, Keren Ben-Tov; Levi-Keren, Michal; Gordon, Goren – Educational Technology Research and Development, 2019
In the information age, where all answers are just a click away, curiosity, the intrinsic drive to learn, becomes of paramount importance. How easy is it to prime for curiosity and what are its effects? What simple interventions can be used to enable curiosity-driven behaviors? We have conducted a large-scale study to address these questions,…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Priming, College Students, Computer Oriented Programs
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Hatcher, William – Teaching Public Administration, 2019
Through practicing curiosity by asking questions in the hopes of seeking answers, public administrators may practice empathy, build knowledge about how the world works, and in doing so, dispel ignorance in public agencies. By valuing curiosity, or dispelling ignorance about how the world works, public administrators may help create bureaucracies…
Descriptors: Public Affairs Education, Personality Traits, Empathy, Trust (Psychology)
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Clark, Shelby; Seider, Scott – Equity & Excellence in Education, 2017
Critical consciousness refers to the ways in which individuals come to understand and challenge oppressive social forces. Philosopher-educator Paulo Freire argued that critical curiosity--an eagerness to learn more about and develop a deep understanding of issues of social justice--serves as an important catalyst to critical consciousness…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 9, Personality Traits, Critical Thinking
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Rumack, Aaron M.; Huinker, DeAnn – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019
Teachers put a great deal of energy into searching for ways to engage each and every student. Some of these efforts fail. Others look promising one day, only to become less effective as the novelty wears off. Teachers want their students to feel ownership of their learning. They also believes that students engage more when learning mathematics…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Personality Traits, Middle School Students, Middle School Mathematics
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Bostrom, Carol – Primary Science, 2019
Carol Bostrom describes how she used frogs as a starting point for learning to leap forward as curiosity spread beyond the classroom. She believed that this would take the children's engagement with learning a step further, arouse their curiosity and enable them to appreciate the need to be respectful and considerate of other living things. She…
Descriptors: Zoology, Personality Traits, Active Learning, Science Activities
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Herwin; Nurhayati, Riana – European Journal of Educational Research, 2021
This study aims to test proving the scale of measuring the character of students' curiosity using confirmatory factor analysis. This study uses a quantitative approach. The sample used was 325 randomly selected participants. The variable examined in this study is the character of curiosity. The curiosity variable is focused on elementary school…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Personality Traits, Factor Analysis, Elementary School Students
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Ahmad, Jamilah; Siew, Nyet Moi – Journal of Baltic Science Education, 2021
There are limited research studies about the development of questionnaire to assess the level of primary school students' curiosity towards STEM education. In this research, curiosity towards STEM Education Questionnaire (CQ-STEM) instrument was developed based on Berlyne's Theory of Curiosity. CQ-STEM consisted of 10 items measuring the two…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, STEM Education, Questionnaires, Elementary School Students
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