Authenticity Tip #16: Tap Into Curiosity

In education, the term authenticity is often used to reference the relevance or meaning of instruction and training to learners. Based on half a million drivers in the Luma Brighter Learning platform providing feedback, our original findings are supported as to how authenticity varies between those who create and decide on curriculum and those who consume or interact with the curriculum.Our goal is to provide weekly tips and strategies for building authentic learning experiences that inspire your team members, create a lasting impression, and grow your safety culture. For more information, read Dr. Gina Anderson’s article, Create Instruction That Engages, Inspires, and Elevates Your Safety Culture.

I Love Learning Podcast, EP16: Chris Dun, Safety and Compliance Manager at Tucker Freight Lines

Authentic Learning Tip #16: Tap Into Curiosity

Authenticity ties to engagement. Chris said, “it is going to be difficult to teach someone unless they are engaged in the learning.” So, what does this mean? Chris focused on the importance of tapping into the curiosity of the learners.

You can do this by asking them divergent questions to get them thinking deeper about topics. Divergent questions are ones that do not have a specific answer. These types of questions promote problem solving and critical thinking.

Divergent questions examples (no specific correct answer):

  • What should have happened in this situation?
  • Where is the best place to read a book?
  • Why is safety important?

Convergent questions (there is a specific correct answer):

  • What is the color of a stop sign?
  • What is a faster speed: 75 mph or 35 mph?
  • What is the capital of South Carolina?

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