How a curious and creative classroom can inspire learning
Join educational researcher Nina Alonso for this podcast series as she shares powerful stories from teachers around the world, talking in their own words about their own experiences.
Why are curiosity and creativity so relevant for all learning? Can curiosity in the classroom be measured? How can researchers and educators work together to develop teaching strategies that encourage children to embrace creativity?
In this episode, Nina Alonso welcomes Sarah Richardson and Sladana Krstic from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) who have been conducting research in collaboration with International Baccalaureate (IB). They discuss partnering with teachers in the classroom to test prototype material with the ultimate aim of tracking and fostering creativity and curiosity among students.
Nina also talks to educators in China, India and Australia about the importance of curiosity and creativity in the classroom. The educators discuss their roles in the research conducted by ACER and the development of the tools they are able to use to support their learners.
Guests and resources
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
Hunter Valley Grammar School (Australia)
Maree Karaka was at Hunter Valley at the time of recording and is now Education Officer – Gifted Education at the Catholic Schools Office, overseeing high potential and gifted learning across 59 schools in NSW, Australia.
ISA International school Guangzhou, China
Pathways school, India
Monica Bhimwal (Headteacher, Pathways School)
Bombay International School (India)
Read the summary of the ACER research and the full report.
An additional study on behalf of the IBO about curiosity and creativity was conducted by Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment and can be found here.