Natural Curiosity and Motivation: Are We Off Base?

  • Posted on: 7 January 2014
  • By: Tina McCoy

If you are like me, you tend to believe that people, especially children, are naturally curious and 'hard wired' to learn.  A mismatch between the way students learn and the traditional structure of schooling is a likely scapegoat when students are unmotivated or unable to demonstrate learning.  However, in the first Chapter (Why don't students like learning at school?) of their book, Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn, Hattie and Yates concisely explain the reality of human curiosity and motivation to learn.