Since I'm not a parent or a teacher I don't have the constant exposure to children and their developmental progress. Where does the "desire" to learn come from? I hear the expression "a child's natural curiousity" and wonder - is it an innate thing that then gets nurtured (or not) by parents, teachers, life experience? When presented with a question or an unknown concept - what makes child "A" want to figure out the answer, ask more questions, discover more about the subject - and child "B" say I don't know what that is, I can't be bothered to look it up, why don't you just tell me the answer? I don't have a particular age group in mind - and maybe this can or can't be so generalized, I don't know. Just curious myself I guess.<br><br>
well, this gets at the heart of the nature/nurture debate...it all depends; however, i think that almost all kids will have a natural curiosity to learn when they are very young. if that curiosity is fostered (e.g., parents help their kids to solve problems encountered or help kids to learn answers and show excitement when kids figure things out), then kids will realize success and be more encouraged to continue exploring. kids who experience a lack of encouragement or fail to get questions answered will learn that their efforts are futile and will be less likely to continue exploring in the future.<br><br>[color:blue] -sean</font color=blue>
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