Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

“Curiosity and Pleasures of Learning! Using Curiosity and Information Gaps to Motivate Students to Learn” by Jose Vazquez-Cognet

Event Series 

Audience 

Faculty, Graduate & Professional Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, Undergraduates

Event Time 

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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Location Name and Address 

Watson Center, Room B74
60 Sachem Street
New Haven , CT

Event Topic: 

Motivating Students

Event Description 

Curiosity and Pleasures of Learning! Using Curiosity and Information Gaps to Motivate Students to Learn

This session aims to provide instructors with strategies to leverage one of these internal drives for learning: curiosity. I use the definition of curiosity offered by cognitive scientists, particularly Loewenstein’s Information Gap Theory of Curiosity, to offer several principles to leverage student’s motivation through curiosity. I intend to demonstrate the validity of these strategies by connecting them to clinical classroom experiments conducted in a very large (1,700 students) Principles of Economics course.

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