Blog: Why curiosity in the learning arena should be coaxed
Curiosity is the cornerstone of innovation and inspiration. Without it, industries and individuals can find themselves lacking in certain areas and struggling to move forward. Possessing curiosity can provide fresh ways of thinking, new ideas and inventions, and it can even promote personal growth. Whilst curiosity may have killed the cat, the same can’t be said from a learning perspective.
There are various ways in which learners should apply their curiosity.
There’s often a negative stigma attached to asking question upon question about a certain topic or process but if you don’t ask, you definitely don’t get.
Whilst asking questions may seem like an obvious way to embrace curiosity, it’s also essential to question the answers you receive. This will help you to dig a little deeper into the subject matter at hand and really get to the root of whatever it may be.
Ask and you never know what you might unearth.
Develop a growth mentality.
It’s human nature to build a mind-set which is equal to our own life experiences and values but sometimes we can get stuck in this way of thinking.
Whilst it’s important to build our mind-set around those principles and beliefs we feel strongly about, it’s also key to challenge ourselves and open to new experiences and opportunities, otherwise we’ll end up with a completely fixed mind-set.
As humans, we never stop learning and developing and that’s what makes it so exciting. By embracing our inquisitiveness, we learn things we may not have even considered could be worth the exploration.
Don’t focus on the fear
Fear can play a major part in why curiosity gets left behind. Sometimes we do our best not to focus on our curious nature because we fear what we may find out.
One of the most worrisome things about focusing on this fear is the outcome it will provide. But if we miss these opportunities and don’t embrace the unknown, we can feel as though we’re getting stuck in a rut. The knock-on effect of this can be detrimental as it brings about boredom, negativity and often, anxiety.
It can of course be difficult to embrace the fear and delve into the unknown but if you make the conscious decision to apply interest, optimism and curiosity it could help to produce a more fulfilling life..
As Albert Einstein put it – “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reasons for existing.”
How teachers and learning managers should embrace curiosity in learning
People who work in the learning industry should also look to cultivate their curiosity. After all, it requires both humility and a certain element of confidence, and it also fuels competency. Alongside this, it helps to develop adaptability, allowing for processes to be questioned and new technological advances to be looked at. Having time to be curious and interested in the learning place is essential.
Our passion is to enhance the learning experience; to bridge the gap between tutor and student, and offer a platform that can deliver seamlessly.
Classroom teaching is often expensive and is simply not practical in the modern world. Online learning can be an unmanageable experience, with students quickly losing interest and feeling uninspired. We’ve worked hard to understand the needs of both the learner and the tutor to develop a product that is engaging, interactive, and highly customisable.
We are curious about the learning experience, and our systems are constantly tweaked and refined to encourage the existing curiosity from our students.