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Curious teachers, create curious learners and great historians

Carter, Jane; Whitehouse, Sarah; Vickers-Hulse, Karan


Jane Carter
Senior Lecturer in Primary/Early Years


© 2018, © 2018 ASPE. Engel, S.[2011. “Children’s Need to Know: Curiosity in Schools.” Harvard Educational Review 81 (4): 625–645] stated that curiosity should be cultivated in our schools as it is intrinsic to children’s development. However, this is often absent from classrooms. In this paper we aim to explore some of the factors that have led to a lack of curiosity in today’s classrooms by identifying the impact of rapid policy and curriculum change. We will then justify the importance of creative teaching to develop curiosity, not only in children but also in their teachers–curious teachers develop curious learners. We will conclude by sharing some case studies to illustrate how curiosity can be developed using history lessons as a platform.


Carter, J., Whitehouse, S., & Vickers-Hulse, K. (2018). Curious teachers, create curious learners and great historians. Education 3-13, 46(6), 648-660.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 8, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 8, 2018
Publication Date Sep 19, 2018
Journal Education 3-13
Print ISSN 1475-7575
Electronic ISSN 1475-7575
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 6
Pages 648-660
Keywords teaching history, curiosity, controversial issues, policy
and practice, children’s voices, enquiry
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Education 3-13 International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education on 8th June 2018, available online:


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