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Teaching the Curious Disposition Student

Curious Disposition people prefer subjects and activities that are experimental by nature, that provide inspiration and new solutions, and that give opportunities to question, design, and discover. They learn best when the teaching materials and techniques used are direct and offer “intellectual” ideas, theories, models, and time for exploration.

Engineering, electronics, architectural designing, and the sciences are subjects that are experimentfamily group interactionsal by nature and give plenty of opportunity to question, design, and discover. Doing experiments or constructing theoretical models are examples of techniques that inspire exploration and new approaches to old problems. Independent projects and “intellectual” debates are examples of activities that tap these students’ problem-solving skills.



  • Engage the student in a debate on the subject being studied.
  • Encourage study techniques that involve drawing or constructing a model—this could be as simple as information mapping.
  • Provide computer programs to teach or reinforce a subject.
  • Have brainstorming sessions; “collect” and “classify” the information.
  • Provide hands-on models or visual representations (videos, DVDs) whenever possible for the subjects being studied.
  • Allow projects in place of written reports.

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Curious Disposition people are motivated when they are acknowledged for being clever and smart, for making discoveries, and for solving problems. It is also highly motivating for them when people actually put to use their contributions, inventions, and technical know-how.

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