Questions and Appraisal of Curiosity

Melvin Freestone, Jon Mason

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Questions not answers drive innovative thinking. Yet pressure to produce answers often obscures the need to find questions that generate inquiry. To overcome this paradox practicable ways to make questions and questioning central to learning in educational and community settings are explored. A three-fold model for enactment of question-led learning is presented within a ‘big ideas’ frame of mind. Means for appraisal of inquiries steered by curious questions are articulated by drawing on well-established educational concepts and practices. These means have potential to integrate question-led learning and appraisal as interdependent partners in inquiries as well as in the acquisition and creation of knowledge. Question-led inquiries have profound implications for innovation and creativity as well as for the design, development, and implementation of educational practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign, Learning, and Innovation - 6th EAI International Conference, DLI 2021, Proceedings
EditorsEva Brooks, Jeanette Sjöberg, Anders Kalsgaard Møller
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic) 978-3-031-06675-7
ISBN (Print)9783031066740
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event6th EAI International Conference on Design, Learning, and Innovation, DLI 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 10 Dec 202111 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
Volume435 LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211
ISSN (Electronic)1867-822X


Conference6th EAI International Conference on Design, Learning, and Innovation, DLI 2021
CityVirtual, Online


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