Curiosity is born from a desire to learn for the sake of gaining new knowledge about a particular subject or idea. In contrast to rote learning practices, curiosity promotes a deeper level of understanding as it motivates a learner to think critically and engage with the material to seek out answers.
Research studies in psychology have proven that curiosity enhances a student’s ability to learn and understand new concepts. But why is this, and how can we harness it in both the classroom and online learning environments?
Students today are constantly using technology to become more active learners, meaning that if their individual curiosity is piqued, they relish the freedom to seek out answers to their own questions and uncover new information.
“When the brain is engaged more, by making a task relevant and interesting, people learn more.”
Amy Reichelt, psychology research fellow at University of New South Wales.