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What Does Character Lab Say About Curiosity?
Evidence suggests that curiosity is separate from intelligence. It’s also multi-faceted—one can be intellectually curious, socially curious, or exhibit curiosity related to a specific task. Research also suggests that some aspects of curiosity are related to bravery and social intelligence. A few studies have shown that, regardless of a child’s intelligence, intense curiosity can lead to cognitive development and academic improvement.
The research also suggests that curiosity isn’t all good in all situations! Curious people may waste time by “going down a rabbit hole.” And in certain contexts, asking too many questions can be inappropriate or rude!
There is also good research about active, open-minded thinking (AOT), which is like curiosity in that it involves the search for new information. People who are consistently open to many points of view exemplify AOT. Active, open-minded thinking contributes to positive psychosocial outcomes, interpersonal relationships, subjective well-being, cognitive development, and even good citizenship.
- Be OK with saying "I don't know" - and work together to find the answer!
- Ask your child what they know (and what they want to know) about a certain topic.
- Ask open ended questions to spark a conversation
- Discuss things that aren't what they seem - and try to figure out reasons they might be that way!
Books to Read
- The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba
- Where on Earth is the Moon, By Ruth Martin
- Weslandia, by Paul Fleishchman
- The Wonder, by Faye Hanson
- Stephen and the Beetle, by Jorge Lujan