April 1971
Education;Apr/May71, Vol. 91 Issue 4, p277
Academic Journal
The rate and the efficiency of learning depend upon basic capacity and a variety of experiential and environmental factors. It is well known that an individual may have good capacity but may be handicapped in the learning process by factors which inhibit or distort his attention, interest, motivation, or his values. Actual antagonism to learning is not uncommon, and is a frequent cause of school drop-outs or a resistance to academic or other areas of learning. Optimum learning, coordinate with the level of basic capacity, requires persistent and consistent interest, insatiable curiosity, a highly favorable attitude toward the process of learning, intellectual goals, and a pervasive motivation sufficiently strong to overcome the inevitable frustrations inherent in the learning process. The environment for almost all American children and adults is highly complex, reflecting a large variety of positive and negative influences. The home, the school as a whole, the classroom, and the various informative and recreational media have profound negative and positive influences upon the individual's will to learn and upon the effective expression of his native capacity.


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