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I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most

useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.― Eleanor Roosevelt


Curiosity is childlike wonder expressed in the question, “why?”.  What may seem commonplace to us is extraordinary and new to a child. As a result, they are unself-conscious and unrepressed.


Why is this a central attribute of a reflective practitioner?

  • Curiosity produces a different kind of knowledge than investigation.

  • The orientation shifts from practitioner-centered to participant-centered.  As a result, participants become more actively and directly engaged.

  • Curiosity is infectious.  Participants become immersed in exploration and discovery. 

  • Curiosity promotes creativity.  Ideas that had been bottled up, emerge.

  • Curiosity promotes learning—for the participants and the practitioner.


I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.  Albert Einstein


Image by Teddy Kelley,


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