Enhancing Adult Motivation to LearnA Comprehensive Guide for Teaching All Adults
The classic interdisciplinary reference on adult education, updated for today's learning environment Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn provides adult educators with the information and strategies they need to guide non-traditional students toward positive educational outcomes. Providing a clear framework, guidelines for instructional planning, real-world examples, and cutting-edge ideas, this book fills the need for intrinsically motivating instruction targeted specifically toward adults returning to school. This new fourth edition sharpens the focus on community colleges, where most first-generation college students and working adults begin their higher education, and explores the rising use of technology and alternative delivery methods including a new chapter covering online instruction. Since the publication of its first edition, this book has become a classic reference for understanding adult motivation in educational and training settings. As more and more adults re-enter the educational system, instructors and trainers will find extraordinary value in this exploration at the intersection of research and practice. Examine the latest neuroscience and psychological research pertaining to adult motivation and learning Delve into alternative formats including online learning, interactive learning materials, and more Elicit and encourage adult intrinsic motivation using the Motivational Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching and sixty practical, research-backed strategies Adopt a culturally responsive instructional approach for an inclusive and equitable learning environment. Adult students differ from traditional students in motivation, attitude, experience, and more; this, combined with an increasingly diverse body of students as well electronic delivery methods, makes today's teaching environment a new landscape for instructors to navigate. Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn provides a clear guide to success for instructors and students alike.
CONTENTS Acknowledgments About the Author Preface 1. Understanding Motivation for Adult Learners 2. Understanding How Aging and Culture Affect Motivation to Learn 3. Characteristics and Skills of a Motivating Instructor: The Five Pillars 4. What Motivates Adults to Learn 5. Encouraging Motivation in Online Formats 6. Establishing Inclusion among Adult Learners 7. Helping Adults Develop Positive Attitudes toward Learning 8. Enhancing Meaning in Learning Activities 9. Engendering Competence among Adult Learners 10. Building Motivational Strategies into Instructional Designs Epilogue: Ethical Considerations for an Instructor of Adults References About the Author Index
Raymond J. Wlodkowski is a psychologist and the author of numerous books on human motivation. He works globally in adult education and training. Margery B. Ginsberg is a former associate professor of educational leadership and instructional improvement at the University of Washington-Seattle. A scholar/practitioner and the author of several award-winning books, she consults on student success in culturally diverse schools and colleges.
In more than three decades since its original publication, Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn remains the classic reference for understanding adult motivation in educational and professional learning environments. It is a work of enduring value to both practitioners and students of adult learning. An exciting new feature of this edition is its application to online teaching. Along with a new chapter and a complete instructional plan devoted to online teaching, this edition continues to blend a neuroscientific understanding of motivation with an instructional approach responsive to linguistically and culturally different adult learners. Throughout Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn and informing every chapter is a focus on the instructional challenges of community colleges and their service to first generation college students. The essence of this book is how to think motivationally when planning instruction and teaching. A central feature is the Motivational Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching. This widely researched and internationally acclaimed model can be applied across a range of disciplines to strengthen learning and career outcomes. For this framework, Raymond J. Wlodkowski and Margery B. Ginsberg describe in detail sixty research-backed strategies to elicit and encourage adult motivation. They elaborate these ideas with practical examples, guidelines for instructional planning, and extensive discussions of assessment, transfer of learning, self-regulated learning, and growth mindsets. Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn addresses what is necessary to deepen adult intrinsic motivation and help adults to want to learn. It analyzes the four major motivational conditions—inclusion, attitude, meaning, and competence—and provides a comprehensive and relevant set of teaching strategies, instructional designs, and field-tested examples that meet the demands of today's diverse learners. As more and more adults re-enter the educational system, instructors and trainers will find extraordinary value in this straightforward, true-to-life, and useful guide.
Praise for Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn THE REVIEW OF HIGHER EDUCATION "I particularly value this book for its orientation to the instructor's world. It eloquently provides insights into learning designs that build on learner motivation and culturally responsive learning; its text features accessible language and understandings of ideas and actions, as well as practitioner-oriented approaches that are very practical in their application." ADULT EDUCATION QUARTERLY "Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn is an excellent resource that can be used by all adult educators and trainers. Administrators in higher education may also find this book useful as they work with increasing motivation in adult staff. . . with accessible charts, checklists, and tables this book is a true instructional tool. I highly recommend this guide to any adult educator who is interested in improving adult motivation for learning." JOURNAL OF ADULT EDUCATION "Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn is a must read for practitioners of adult education who wish to deepen their understanding of the characteristics of a motivating instructor and the conditions that motivate adult learning. The book is steeped in research, yet filled with practical examples. . . that have direct implications for designing instruction." MALCOLM S. KNOWLES "This is the first book in our field that addresses specifically the topic of adult motivation for learning . . . . so clearly written, so comprehensive, and so thoroughly based on scholarship that it will become a classic in the literature of our field."
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