Jean Piaget, one of the pioneering giants of educational theory, argued convincingly that babies and children are unendingly curious, and because of this they are constantly trying to make sense of their reality. He concluded that this process of perpetual questioning and inquiry must contribute to their intellectual development. 

According to Piaget, curiosity about their environment prompts children to constantly develop hypotheses, conduct experiments and then reassess their hypotheses depending on what they observe. 

That is astonishing; children speculate, constantly. And Piaget proved this by being the first to closely document children’s actions and interpret them as consistent, calculated efforts to test and learn about their environment – by being curious and asking questions, which come naturally. As any parent or teacher knows, Piaget’s conclusions are pretty obvious, but it is good to know the scientific evidence is there. 

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Excerpted from my book Hybrid Learning.