The hungry mind the origins of curiosity in childhood susan engel on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers despite american educations recent mania for standardized tests testing misses what really matters about learning the desire to learn in the first place curiosity is vital. The hungry mind is a deeply researched highly readable exploration of what curiosity is how it can be measured how it develops in childh curiosity is vital but it remains a surprisingly understudied characteristic. The hungry mind is an exploration of curiosity including both its origins in infancy and the ways in which it changes and develops over time engel considers how education can support or squelch curiosity and makes recommendations for fostering curiosity in children as a way of making them into intrinsically motivated life long learners i . How might we make their minds intellectually hungry susan engel a senior lecturer in psychology and the director of the program in teaching at williams college tackles these questions in her new book the hungry mind the origins of curiosity in childhood. Inez von weitershausen finds that although the reader might have come across some of the insights in this book elsewhere the author does a brilliant job connecting a wide range of essential 20 th century research on the development of children the hungry mind the origins of curiosity in childhood susan engel harvard university press
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