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by John Barell
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This ASCD Study Guide is designed to enhance your understanding of Developing More Curious Minds, an ASCD book published in February 2003, by helping you make connections between the text and the school or school district in which you work. This study guide can be used after you have read the entire book or as you finish each chapter. Readers may wish to start with the School and Personal Inventory, which appears in Appendix C. The inventory can provide helpful observations about life in your classrooms as you reflect on the lessons and strategies of John Barell's book.
Developing More Curious Minds is about inquisitiveness—the important role it plays in meaningful learning and how to foster it in classrooms, at home, and in informal learning settings like museums and field trips. This is a book for educators interested in creating communities of inquiry within their schools.
One of the major strategies in the book is modeling—sharing with others our curiosities about ourselves, our subject, and our world. Therefore, the guide reflects the author's desire to challenge readers not only to answer questions but also to raise questions of their own. Barell would be pleased to receive by e-mail the stories of educators starting what he calls an "intelligent revolution" in schools (see contact information at the end of this guide).
I hope you have been challenged by reading and working with Developing More Curious Minds. Please let me know what your responses have been to reading this book and working with some of the strategies within your classroom. I would also love to learn about some of the ideas you have generated within your study groups. Thanks so much and remember Izzy's mother's words of wisdom, "Did you ask a good question today?"
Contact John Barell by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Developing More Curious Minds was written by John Barell. This 256-page, 6" x 9" book (Stock #101246; ISBN 0-87120-719-2) is available from ASCD for $21.95 (ASCD member) and $25.95 (nonmember). Copyright 2003 by ASCD. To order a copy, call ASCD at 1-800-933-2723 (in Virginia 1-703-578-9600) and press 2 for the Service Center. Or buy the book from ASCD's Online Store.
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