Presentation on theme: "1 Motivating Adult Students Cheryl Knight, Ph. D. Appalachian State University"— Presentation transcript:
1 Motivating Adult Students Cheryl Knight, Ph. D. Appalachian State University firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Goal Setting I want to learn to... I learn best when Im involved in the following activities:... My expectations of the presenter are... My expectations of the other participants are... My contribution to this presentation could be...
3 Presentation Goals This presentation will discuss characteristics of adult learners differences between pedagogy and andragogy principles of adult learning style strategies to help motivate adult learners characteristics and skills of instructors and other adult colleagues (Adm., Asst., Testing Coord.)
4 Group Assignments 1. List characteristics of adult learners 2. Define adult learners andragogy strategies motivation instructor
7 Who is an adult? an individual who performs roles associated by our culture with adults (worker, spouse, parent, soldier, responsible citizen) an individual who perceives himself or herself to be responsible for his/her own life. Wlodkowski and Knowles
10 Andragogy recognizes the maturity of the learner is problem-centered rather than content- centered. permits and encourages active participation. encourages past experiences. is collaborative between instructor-student and student-student. Laird
11 Andragogy is based on planning between the teacher and the learner. is based on an evaluation agreement. prompts redesign and new learning activities based on evaluation. incorporates experiential activities. Laird
12 Andragogy Adults learn differently, depending upon experience, aptitude, and attitude. These include... your individual characteristics, the perceived value of the learning task to you, and how much experience... you have had with the topic in the past. OConnor, Bronner, and Delaney
26 Learning and Learning Strategies Understand the characteristics of adult learners Understand motivation Understand the role of motivation in the educational environment as well as workplace Know strategies and activities for promoting motivation in adult learners
27 Zemke Provide enough information Allow students to work collectively Do not put them on the spot Teach classes that have life changing consequences. Emphasize immediate benefits. Learning is not its own reward. Use Think/Pair/Share
28 Teach around the neighborhood MasteryInter-personal UnderstandingSynthesizer SenserSenser I n t u it i v e Thinker Feeler
40 Motivating Strategies put materials into bite-size chunks which people are able to understand. use the whole-part-whole concept, showing the overall picture followed by the details and then a refresher with the overall picture.
41 Motivating Strategies add a little spice to their life by giving them some degree of options and flexibility in their assignments. create a climate of exploration rather than one of prove it.
42 Motivating Strategies provide plenty of documentation for the learner, usually in the form of hands-on experience and paper documentation. let the students work in groups, since they would rather ask other students for assistance rather than ask the course instructor.
43 Motivating Strategies make the material relevant, as close to the actual requirements of that persons job. explain why certain assignments are made and their relevance to the overall course or training sessions.
44 Motivating Strategies keep the course requirements in perspective to the amount of time for the course (credit hours, for example). make certain the student is equipped with enough knowledge and skill to complete the assignment, rather than setting the person up for failure.
45 Motivating Strategies bend the rules, if necessary and appropriate, so that the adult learner can push the envelope and try new things.
46 Gagne Connect objectives with prior knowledge Work with students to set objectives, content, and procedures Use group discussions, case method, and mini-workshops
47 Gagne Be sure the adult learner is ready to be self-directed Adults need to be taught how they learn. (They are influenced by the way they were taught which in many cases is the very reason they are in adult classes.)
48 Self-directed learning a) helps adults be self-directed b) encourages transformational learning c) promotes emancipatory learning and social action Merriam and Caffarella
49 Dialogue helps learners make meaning. The creation of nonjudgmental dialogue evokes the meaning-making dialogue and internal thought. takes time and effort to appropriately design provocative open questions inviting participants to significant, honest reflection. Vella
50 Extensive change in the status quo inform the learner about learning styles create a genuine dialogue to encourage change that leads to unique, self- identified, reflective, meaning-making learning experiences