Why do children ask so many questions (and are the questions good?)

Thema: Gesellschaft
Schlagworte: Bildung
Altersgruppe: 14+ Jahre
Zielgruppe: In English

In this talk, Azzurra Ruggeri is going to reflect together with the audience on the question asking strategies of children and adults - how smart and effective they are, and how they develop from infancy to adulthood.

Azzurra Ruggeri

Children as active learners

At the very beginning, we are all babies. We look around, listen to the surrounding voices and noises, approach the people we like and avoid what we find scary, touch and lick everything we can get our hands on, move stuff from one place to another for the sake of it, and point, babble, and shortly thereafter start shooting questions as if there was no tomorrow. Then, somehow, over just a couple of decades, babies turn into Quentin Tarantinos, Stephen Hawkings, Simone Bileses, Frida Kahlos, and Nelson Mandelas, into plumbers, artists and engineers, soccer players and video gamers. How does that happen?  Decades ago, Piaget theorized that children’s exploration may be triggered by a mismatch between what is expected and what is observed, which creates the discomfort of uncertainty. This cognitive disequilibrium prompts children to resolve the discrepancy between what they (think they) know and what they encounter by searching for additional data and testing their hypotheses. In this talk, we are going to talk about this - children as active learners, shaping their own knowledge and future. 


Anfahrtsbeschreibung: Von der U1 Station Reumannplatz mit den Straßenbahnen 6 und 11 (Schrankenberggasse) direkt erreichbar. 5 Gehminuten von der D-Wagen Station Absberggasse.

Dieser Ausstellungsstandort ist barrierefrei zugänglich und verfügt über barrierefreie Toiletten.

This talk will be given by Oana Stanciu, postdoctoral fellow at the iSearch lab.
Central European University
Department of Cognitive Science
Central European University (CEU)
Quellenstrasse, 51, 1100 Wien
Tiered Room D-001 on floor E1


Erster Einlass: 17:00
Letzter Einlass: 22:30


19:45 Uhr
Einlass um 19:00



Dieser Talk ist Teil der Vortragsreihe "What is Cognitive Science? How to Study the Human Mind?".

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