Special Section: The Teaching Brain
Teaching Is a Natural Cognitive Ability for Humans
Article first published online: 16 NOV 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Journal Compilation © 2012 International Mind, Brain, and Education Society and Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Mind, Brain, and Education
Volume 6, Issue 4, pages 186–196, December 2012
How to Cite
Strauss, S. and Ziv, M. (2012), Teaching Is a Natural Cognitive Ability for Humans. Mind, Brain, and Education, 6: 186–196. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-228X.2012.01156.x
- Issue published online: 16 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 16 NOV 2012
We suggest that a multidisciplinary approach to teaching has potential to widen its scope. In that vein, we revisit our original claim that teaching is a natural cognitive ability among humans. We elaborate on three requirements for such an ability and report that, first, teaching strategies may be developmentally reliable. Findings indicate a possible normative developmental trajectory from age one year through adulthood. Second, teaching seems to be species-typical, that is, it is a universal human achievement. Third, human teaching with a theory of mind (ToM) is species-unique. Nonhuman animals may teach without a ToM.