Fostering Epistemic Curiosity in School Children by Instructional Teaching Design: Classroom Realities of Indian Schools


  • Chandra B. P. Singh University Deptartment of Psychology, T M Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur-812007, Bihar, India



Classroom, Lecturing, Curiosity, Instructional design, Education, Learners, Questions, Grades


The study attempted to answer two basic questions of classroom teaching: a. what were the most common teaching practices at the elementary school level? And b. did teachers foster curiosity in children during teaching? Classroom proceedings enfolded various teaching activities that might lead to a knowledge gap in students. 137 primary and middle schools (altogether 411 classes) were randomly selected to measure a pattern of questioning and answering during classroom teaching. Findings revealed that a large number of teachers adopted lecturing followed by writing on the board, dictating, and ignored some important teaching techniques such as explaining, demonstrating, and experimentation; though they were familiar with all these. Hardly any student asked questions to the teachers. Teachers missed to generate a gap of knowledge in them, showing hardly any use of curiosity-led instructional teaching design. Throwing any question to class or a group of students was an unplanned teaching behaviour. It was a limitation of an in-built education system that prioritised rote learning, exam scores, and grades that measured more static knowledge rather than understanding knowledge. The findings discussed limitations of the in-built education system and mindset of teachers that discouraged epistemic curiosity in children.


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How to Cite

Singh, C. B. P. . (2021). Fostering Epistemic Curiosity in School Children by Instructional Teaching Design: Classroom Realities of Indian Schools. Issues and Ideas in Education, 9(2), 103–112.