“[Curiosity] is something that’s effectively creativity at its core," he states. "It’s underappreciated as far as engineering is concerned. Engineering is something that pervades our entire lives. Engineers need to be curious. That’s the hard part and the most valuable part.”
The more you expose students to situations that stimulate their curiosity, the more curiosity becomes a mental habit.
So what can faculty do to inspire curiosity in students?
Dr. Margot Vigeant (Bucknell University) shares the results of being purposefully curious about curiosity to better understand how well faculty were fostering the entrepreneurial mindset.
As faculty, we want to deliberately create situations where it's more likely our students will be curious and self-motivated. Above anything else, students are inspired by "real problems."
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