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Wider-sensory exploration: Fostering curiosity in teaching and learning strategies


This article explores how wider-sensory engagement in the curriculum can foster and stimulate curiosity in teaching and learning. By discussing research on curiosity, the development of a hypothesis on curiosity cultivation and workshop case studies, it also attempts to demystify curiosity. With the aim of instigating discussion on how teaching strategies can develop more measurable indicators of curiosity, it considers potential tangible methods of stimulating wider-sensory engagement within the student learning experience to inform creative and research outcomes. These include enabling educators to share discussions on how we could embed and incorporate wider-sensory creative provocations in assignment briefs.


sensory engagement, curiosity, curriculum design, strategy, assessment, reflection


Author Biography

Richie Manu

Richie Manu a best-selling author, designer and TEDx speaker. He teaches across UAL – including MA Applied Imagination at Central Saint Martins and MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation at London College of Fashion. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, he has a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education. He is a UAL Teaching Award winner. With a background in design, branding and communications, he works with start-ups and entrepreneurs devising strategies on differentiating and standing out. His book YOU: Rebranded has received positive reviews and was noted as an essential read on personal branding, amplifying individuality and distinctiveness. 


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