“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney
The story of Alice in Wonderland is a clear demonstration of the power of curiosity. From tumbling down a rabbit hole and exploring the myriad of whimsical environments and characters, Alice certainly allows her curiosity to take her on an amazing, yet precarious, adventure. Her curiosity leads her to see the world in a different way and encourages her to keep searching for answers. Alice’s mind is constantly active, and whilst her curiosity often gets her into trouble, she needs to think critically and creatively in order to move forward.
Curiosity comes naturally to children as they try to make sense of the world around them. It starts from very early on, as we fearfully watch babies put everything in their mouth, to toddlers and the ‘why’ questions. Research shows that a curious nature impacts learning in positive ways. Students who are curious, desire to learn more. They display self-motivation and initiative in exploring to find the answers, often demonstrating a deeper connection with what has been learned.