Saturday, October 4, 2014

You can lead the horse to the water.... Role of curiosity in learning

I saw this report in Scientific American on the role of curiosity in learning.  In a small study, the researchers found how generating curiosity appears to prime the brain for learning.

This provides some evidence for how most educators develop their lesson plans.  One framework is Gagne's 9 events of instruction.  The first step is to "Gain Attention".

Linked to - http://tlweb.latrobe.edu.au/education/learning-materials/lesson-planning/lessonplanning080.html


Maybe we should relabel this to "Generate Curiosity"?

After all one can lead a horse to the water but we can't make it drink; unless we make it thirsty first!