Riccardo Faini CEIS Seminars
Sule Alan (European University Institute)

Nurturing Childhood Curiosity to Enhance Learning: Evidence from a Randomized Pedagogical Intervention

Riccardo Faini CEIS Seminars

Friday 10 March 2023 h. 12:00-13:30


Room A - 1st Floor – Building B
Facolta' di Economia
Universita' degli Studi di Roma 'Tor Vergata'
Via Columbia 2, Roma


Sule Alan (European University Institute)

joint with Ipek Mumcu

We evaluate a pedagogical intervention that aims to improve the learning quality of elementary school children by nurturing their curiosity. We test the effectiveness of the pedagogy using achievement scores and a novel measure of curiosity. The latter involves first creating a sense of information deprivation, then quantifying the urge to acquire information and the ability to retain information. The intervention increases curiosity, the ability to retain knowledge, and science test scores. It also leads to more efficient information dissemination in the classroom. The evidence can help design better pedagogical tools to increase pupil engagement and the quality of learning.


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Scientific committee

Mariangela Zoli, Tiziano Arduini, Furio Camillo Rosati


Barbara Piazzi