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A curiosity cabinet: How school libraries can develop curious students

Curiosity is crucial to lifelong learning and motivating our pupils – and the school library can play a key role in fostering this skill. Valerie Dewhurst offers some ideas and advice


“A school library is a school’s physical and digital learning space where reading, inquiry, research, thinking, imagination, and creativity are central to students’ information-to-knowledge journey and to their personal, social, and cultural growth."
School Library Guidelines (IFLA, 2015).

Curiosity is sparked by the desire to know more and is another great opportunity to get the word out to our colleagues in schools about all the excellent things that a library can and does offer.

It is not rocket science. We all know that a library – and not just a school library – can go a long way in helping to support learners, and fostering curiosity is a crucial way in which we can support teaching and learning within any research project.

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