Curiosity, Asking, Seeking & Understanding

by Puthearorth "Rodwell" Kov

Filmed at Ignite Phnom Penh

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Traditionally, when we think of the process of attaining knowledge, we often think about teachers transferring knowledge of facts, memorization, and formulas to students. This is in fact only a small portion of how knowledge is acquired. On the contrary, a constructivist theory believes that “people construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world, through experiencing things and reflecting on those experiences” from observation and hands-on activities based on scientific method and study. Those activities will trigger the learner’s innate curiosity about the world and how things work. It pushes students to be actively curious (ស្វែងឆ្ងល់) about their surrounding and daily life and in turns to question (ស្វែងសួរ) in an attempt to understand how it works and why it is the way it is. When they become engaged in seeking answers, they will learn to apply their own existing knowledge and real-world experience, learn to hypothesize, test their theories, and ultimately draw conclusions from their findings (ស្វែងរក). The learners then go through a deep reflection of their outcome to draw their own meaningful understanding (ស្វែងយល់) of the questions they originally seek.

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