The Mediational Role of Engagement in the Relationship Between Curiosity and Student Development: A Preliminary Study

  • Veselina P. VrachevaEmail author
  • Robert Moussetis
  • Ali Abu-Rahma
Research Paper


This paper examines relationships among curiosity, engagement, and student development across five domains—(1) cognitive complexity, (2) knowledge acquisition, construction, integration, and application, (3) humanitarianism and civic engagement, (4) intrapersonal and interpersonal development, and (5) practical competence. Although extant research examines antecedents and outcomes of engagement extensively, no study explicitly assesses curiosity, engagement, and student development. Results suggest that engagement mediates epistemic and perceptual types of curiosity and student development. Educators and administrators can use these findings to create engaging education during which curiosity swiftly transforms into holistic student development.


Engagement Curiosity Student development Mediation 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Veselina P. Vracheva
    • 1
    Email author
  • Robert Moussetis
    • 2
  • Ali Abu-Rahma
    • 3
  1. 1.Argyros School of Business and EconomicsChapman UniversityOrangeUSA
  2. 2.School of Business and EntrepreneurshipNorth Central CollegeNapervilleUSA
  3. 3.College of BusinessAbu Dhabi UniversityAbu DhabiUAE

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