The Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School?

Jackie Gerstein, User Generated Education, Nov 15, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a loosely structured post with numerous quotes from thinkers about the nature and value of curiosity, including this one from Paulo Friere, "I believe in the pedagogy of curiosity. That’s why I defend the pedagogy of the question and not of the answer. The pedagogy of the question is the one that is based on curiosity. Without that pedagogy there would not be a pedagogy that augments that curiosity." I definitely believe in the value of curiosity; I am forever peeking around corners, lifting objects, inquiring about capacities and mechanisms, and above all, asking "why?" Oh, and "why not?"

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