ISJ November 2012: Curiosity, a condition for learning
In the words of Thomas Edison, ‘the greatest invention in the world is the mind of a child’, and every mind is born with the instinct of curiosity. We all come into the world curious, an innate gift which newborns demonstrate as soon they are born when they look around.
As young children, we are wonderfully curious about everything. Curiosity is the natural inquisitive behavior that engenders exploration, investigation and learning (Wikipedia). It is an openness to experience new things, trying to find answers to the whys that we’ve asked and continue to ask throughout our lives. Yet research tells us that curiosity declines as we progress through our education systems.