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The hungry mind. The origins of curiosity in childhood.

Author: Susan Engel
Publisher: Cambridge : Harvard University Press 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Despite American education s recent mania for standardized tests, testing misses what really matters about learning: the desire to learn in the first place. Curiosity is vital, but it remains a surprisingly understudied characteristic. The Hungry Mind" is a deeply researched, highly readable exploration of what curiosity is, how it can be measured, how it develops in childhood, and how it can be fostered in school.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Engel
ISBN: 9780674736757 0674736753
OCLC Number: 917360748
Description: 208 pages
Responsibility: Susan Engel.

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