Curious children do better in maths and reading

05 June 2018

Curious children are better able to grasp basic maths and reading, a study has suggested.

Researchers from the University of Michigan assessed reading and maths skills and behaviour in 6200 four- to six-year-olds.

‘Our results suggest that, after controlling for other factors associated with higher achievement, curiosity continues to make a small but meaningful contribution to academic achievement,’ said study lead Prachi Shah.

The study, in the journal Pediatric Research, also found that the link is stronger in children from poorer communities, which ‘may serve as a potential target of intervention to close the achievement gap associated with poverty’.

Shah adds: ‘Most classroom interventions have focused on... effortful control and a child’s self-regulatory capacities, but our results suggest that an alternate message should be considered.’


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