Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

STEM Education Seminar: Dr. Vazquez


Faculty, Staff, Graduate & Professional Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, Undergraduates

Event Time 

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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Location Name and Address 

Poorvu Center
301 York Street
New Haven , CT

Event Topic: 

Curiosity and the Pleasures of Learning! Using Curiosity and Informational Gaps to Motivate Students to Learn.

Event Description 

Dr. Jose Vazquez, Clinical Professor, University of Illinois 

Curiosity and the 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. We 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. We intend to demonstrate the validity of these strategies by connecting them to clinical classroom experiements conducted by the authors this past year in a very large (1,700 students) Princples of Economics course. 


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