Evidence That It Works
Research suggests that children high in intellectual humility are better able to assess the limits of their own knowledge and to ask questions to gain new insights.
Why Does It Matter?
Intellectually humble individuals are not afraid to acknowledge when they do not know something: instead, they ask questions when they do not understand. Further, intellectual humility is related to a greater willingness to hear others’ perspectives on a topic.
Intellectual humility allows students to engage more deeply with material and with each other. Instead of trying to pretend they know everything or refusing to listen to each others’ perspectives, students with intellectual humility can help create a safe space for learning while challenging each other’s perspectives in a respectful manner.