The findings of a new study have revealed a surprising fact- parents may, infact, be put to blame for their kids being not-so-motivated about schoolwork. Apparently, a team of researchers from the Ohio State University have found how genes could be put to blame for reduced motivation among kids when it comes to schoolwork.
For the study, the researchers took in 13000 twins from 6 different countries to find out the differences in the motivation levels of these children. They found that non-shared environments, as opposed to shared environments such as the same classrooms and teachers, could also be a major factor in influencing the motivation levels of these children.
Moreover, they also found that these results were almost exactly the same among all twins, irrespective of which country they belonged to- Russia, Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, US and Canada.
After the children were asked a series of questions about their studies and interests, they found that the answers of identical twins matched those of their fraternal twins, which clearly suggest a strong genetic link.
These findings have led the researchers to believe that it could actually be pointless to push children towards focusing on schoolwork when they aren’t really motivated.
It is, infact, important to understand the personality differences in children which could affect their motivation levels, and discover different ways to steer kids in the right direction.
“It was surprising. The knee-jerk reaction is to say someone is not properly motivating the student, or the child himself is responsible. We found that there are personality differences that people inherit that have a major impact on motivation,” the researchers explained. “That doesn’t mean we don’t try to encourage and inspire students, but we have to deal with the reality of why they are different.”