What should schools do to promote wonder

Lynne Wolbert*, Anders Schinkel

*Corresponding author for this work

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Wonder-full education recognises experiences of wonder as lying at
the heart of learning and education. If we accept the premise that
wonder is important for/in education, what should characterise
wonder-full education? This paper clarifies what it is like to wonder,
how the aims of wonder-full education are best described, and it
discusses three dimensions of wonder-full education: the educators,
the curriculum, and the ethos of the classroom and school. It is
argued that the success of a wonder-full curriculum hinges on the
capacities of the teacher, both her pedagogical tact and her ability
to wonder herself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-454
Number of pages16
JournalOxford Review of Education
Issue number4
Early online date28 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • wonder
  • education
  • flourishing
  • curiosity


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