chapter  8
Motivation and Education
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As educators I think most of us have some ideal of learning. We would wish to see children learning either because they just enjoy learning or because what they learn is of significance to them in their lives. By this I do not just mean that a girl should devote herself attentively to biology, for instance, because she wants to be a doctor. I mean also that she might find herself absorbed, say, in reading George Eliot because the issues are of emotional significance to her. In such cases the task of learning exerts its own discipline over time because of the interest or significance to the learner of its content. There is no need for goading or bribing by others, especially by teachers.