Evidence That It Works
In a study of a diverse group of 6,200 Kindergartners, researchers found that curiosity is significantly linked to higher scores in both reading and mathematics, particularly for children with lower socioeconomic status.
Another study with teens in Hong Kong found that when school is more challenging, curious students perform better than their less curious peers on academic achievement tests.
Why Does It Matter?
Wondering is a form of curiosity. When we ask questions, we are using our observation and reasoning skills. When students are curious, they are not only motivated to learn, but they also learn more effectively.
As educators, we have the opportunity to create more spaces and places for joyful exploration. Our classrooms can become curiosity centers where students share what fascinates and energizes them. By welcoming and celebrating curiosity at school, we can not only help our students learn but also contribute to their well-being in life.