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Teaching Is a Natural Cognitive Ability for Humans

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Address correspondence to Sidney Strauss, School of Psychology, Center for Academic Studies, Or Yehuda, Israel or School of Education, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel; e-mail: sidneystrauss@yahoo.com or sidst@post.tau.ac.il

ABSTRACT

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.

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