Motivation and Culture
The things that motivate me to learn something new are from within. Mostly I will learn something new because I stand to benefit from the lesson. The benefit may be a desire to improve my knowledge or higher pay. I stick with a difficult task when I am sure that the results will benefit me in real-life applications.
The one time I felt included in an educational setting was with a teacher who understood that all students are not the same and therefore made the effort to contact each of us individually to ask if his class was impacting our lives in a positive way. At the time, I felt really special because most of my teachers before then were only interested in finishing their course instructions. Other learners were just excited as I was and we all passed that class because we kept reminding each other that this teacher deserved our best as he had also given us his best.Motivation and Culture
Based on the above experience, I now know that it is my duty to motivate each student through individualized teaching methods. Cultural consideration in education is important and as an educator, I should uphold the values of my adult learners. In considering their culture, I should respect each learner and include them in the learning experience. Remaining relevant as an educator, complementing their values and committing to the volition motivates adult learners to learn. As a leader in new learning environments, I should take time to study the values of the new culture before trying to lead them as well as find a helper from among them. To motivate adults to learn, the six assumptions need to be taken seriously. Educators should express value, encourage learners towards self-direction, teach with learner’s experience in mind and present real-life problem solving in order to motivate them.
Adult learning assumptions
- The learner’s need to know
I believe that this is the most important assumption. Adult learners only learn when they have values to uphold or something to gain from it. Teaching adult learners to focus on what they stand to gain is the best motivation.
- Self-Concept of the Learner
The self-concept motivates older learners by making them feel like they are in control. This is important because most adults dread being bossed around. Letting them self-direct minimizes dropout rates and also keeps them interested in learning.
- Prior Experience of the Learner
Adults have a diverse experience pool and educators need to take advantage of this experience to encourage new ways of thinking. The different experiences call for individualized teaching which may seem like a lot of work, but the benefits are worth it. Adult learners become more open-minded and realize that they do not know everything after all.
- Readiness to learn
I agree that using real-life applications motivates older learners. As a student, I find classes where we study real-life events intriguing and it drives my desire to know more. The same applies to older learners.
- Orientation to learning
Teaching adult learners to learn through the lens of real-life is extremely important because they learn to attach value to what they are learning.
- Motivation to learn
I would encourage all educators never to assume that every learner is motivated. Some need a push and experimenting with different instruction methods helps the educator know exactly what each learner needs.
In conclusion, I am like other learners because sometimes I am not motivated as much and I need help. Like all other learners, culture plays a huge role in the educational values I hold dear. I am unique because I self-direct based on what I hope to achieve with each new learning experience.
Motivation and Culture
This module was special because I got to learn how best to motivate adult learners. In the process, I was motivated as well. The 6 assumptions and the four relevant criteria for culture in education were a new way of thinking for me. I now know how best to handle learners. From the rant, I realized that education is not all about imparting knowledge, but it is also about accepting others as they are (hospitality). The podcast was a little frustrating because sometimes the guest speaker’s answers were long and therefore hard to follow. On the bright side, most of his insights were good especially on how educators should behave in a new cultural setting.
I was surprised to learn that adult learners’ ability to learn is affected by personal negativity. I guess I always thought that adults are well put together and that their vast experience would increase their self-confidence in education. In this light, I have questions on how to motivate an adult learner whose hindrance to education is personal negativity. It is easier to tell a child that ‘they can make it’ or ‘they are the best’ but the same motivation hardly applies to an adult who feels sorry for himself. Further light should be shed on this matter in order to overcome this hindrance in adult learning.
I would like to tell you that I believe you are practicing your course lessons too and this is enough motivation for a learner like me, to know that these lessons are applicable. Having you as a role model of adult teaching reminds me that what I am learning is not just theory but it is also practical in real life. I am looking forward to the new lessons in module 4.Motivation and Culture