‘You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink’ could be the most appropriate phrase for education providers. It is the students who must study. Educators could provide all the resources. However, if students are not willing to take them, the efforts would be in vain. Considering majority of human have will to learn new things, students should be motivated already. Thus, educating students should be strait forward ideally. However, reality is quite different. Not many students are thirsty enough. In education sector, motivating students is probably the biggest challenge. Is it because they do not have a will to learn? Are they in school simply because they were told to? Most of students engage actively when the topic is interesting for them. This means that students have a will to learn at school. Only problem is that they are not able to motivate themselves to learn subjects outside their interests. In other words, if educators can make students to be interested in learning materials, the biggest challenges would be removed, and education sector could open a new chapter. The tool to motivate students is already known very well. That is curiosity. When a person is curios about something, he/she looks for answers proactively. The problem is that educators cannot make students to be curious about learning materials because there have been no known systematic approaches to do so. Thus, it has been left for students to provoke the curiosity and it is rare to see. For the first time of human history, a systematic thinking process to turn curiosity on will be discussed in this presentation. With this method, educators can train students to be self-motivated so that they can engage in learning. This will enhance students’ learning outcomes significantly.

Author: Tongpil Min

Published in: Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE-2022)

  • Date of Conference: 26-28 April 2022
  • DOI: 10.20533/IICE.2022.0002
  • ISBN: 978-1-913572-46-4
  • Conference Location: Virtual (Dún Laoghaire, Ireland)