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Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn: A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching All Adultsby Raymond J. Wlodkowski
Synopses & Reviews
In the more than two decades since its original publication, Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn has become the classic reference for understanding adult motivation in educational and training settings. It has remained a work of enduring value to both practitioners and students of adult learning.
New to this edition is the blending of a neuro-scientific understanding of motivation and learning with an instructional approach responsive to linguistically and culturally different adult learners. Based on the most current educational and biological research, Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn addresses issues that focus on deepening learner motivation and helping adults to want to learn. In the book, Raymond J. Wlodkowski offers a clear framework and sixty practical, research-based strategies that are designed to elicit and encourage learner motivation. In addition, the book is filled with practical examples, guidelines for instructional planning, and cutting-edge ideas for assessment and transfer of learning.
The book explores the conditions that evoke student motivation and shows the ways in which teachers of adults can create learning environments that stimulate and nourish the desire to learn. Wlodkowski illuminates the characteristics of a motivating instructor—expertise, compassion, enthusiasm, cultural responsiveness, and clarity. He also analyzes four major motivating factors—inclusion, attitude, meaning, and competence—and provides suggestions on how to employ them during the instructional process. And to meet the demands of today's adult population, Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn offers information on effectively teaching diverse students including low-income and English language learners.
Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn takes an interdisciplinary perspective, not only drawing on research from adult development and education but from fields that include cultural and ethnic studies, the biological and neuropsychological sciences, psychology, and literature. As in the previous edition, the ideas and methods advocated in this book are generally applicable to online learning as well as conventional classroom settings.
Book News Annotation:
Wlodkowski is a licensed psychologist and author of numerous books; now retired from Regis. U., Denver, he lives in Seattle and conducts seminars for colleges and organizations throughout North America. Twenty-plus years after its original publication, his book continues to offer a practical resource for faculty, trainers, educators and staff developers who instruct adults in universities and community colleges, in professional and industrial settings, and in community organizations. The third edition incorporates insights and examples from the past nine years of application of the motivational framework and strategies introduced in the second edition, and includes more case studies and expanded discussion of feedback, self-regulation, and transfer of learning. It also features the integration of a neuroscientific understanding of motivation and learning within an instructional model responsive to linguistically and culturally diverse adult learners. Jossey-Bass is an imprint of Wiley. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Praise for the Previous Editions
"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." —Malcolm S. Knowles
"A straightforward, practical approach to adult motivation for learning . . . an excellent reference guide for instructors, teachers, and trainers." —Training News
"Well planned, easy to read, and rich in insight. The author delivers what he promises, avoids jargon and psychobabble, is not afraid of using humor, and provides abundant examples." —Training and Development Journal
"A major step toward a vastly improved and more holistic frame of reference that will truly help to enhance the quality of adult life." —Journal of Higher Education
New to this edition is the blending of a neuroscientific understanding of motivation and learning with an instructional approach responsive to linguistically and culturally different adult learners. Based on the most current educational and biological research, Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn addresses issues that focus on deepening learner motivation and helping adults to want to learn. In the book, Raymond J. Wlodkowski offers a clear framework and sixty practical, research-based strategies that are designed to elicit and encourage learner motivation. In addition, the book is filled with practical examples, guidelines for instructional planning, and cutting-edge ideas for assessment and transfer of learning.
About the Author
Raymond J. Wlodkowski is professor emeritus at Regis University, Denver, and the founding executive director of the commission for Accelerated Programs. A licensed psychologist and author of numerous books, he lives in Seattle and conducts seminars for colleges and organizations throughout North America.
Table of Contents
1. Understanding Motivation for Adult Learners.
2. Understanding How Aging and Culture Affect Motivation to Learn.
3. Characteristics and Skills of a Motivating Instructor.
4. What Motivates Adults to Learn.
5. Establishing Inclusion among Adult Learners.
6. Helping Adults Develop Positive Attitudes toward Learning.
7. Enhancing Meaning in Learning Activities.
8. Engendering Competence among Adult Learners.
9. Building Motivational Strategies into Instructional Designs.
Epilogue: Ethical Considerations for an Instructor of Adult.
Appendix: Observation Guide for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning (Adult Version).
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