The curriculum frames the teaching-studying-learning process in school. This fact has several implications on the motivation to learn in school. After the child starts school, his or her motivation to learn seems to change from an intrinsic motivation to an extrinsic motivation. To develop pedagogical thinking in a student’s mind means that the student must become acquainted with the aims and goals of the curriculum, assimilate them into his or her integrated sense of self, and thus fully accept them as their own. If this succeeds, it will have positive effects on the student’s motivation at school and especially on the motivation to study and learn. The concept of pedagogical thinking in a student’s mind is analogous to the concept of teacher’s pedagogical thinking. This research project calls for new theoretical syntheses and research programs that better take into account the normative nature of learning and teaching in school.
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