What does education literature offer as some of the key factors that usually serve as motivation for adult learners to return to school?

Part 1

Discuss the following:

  • What does education literature offer as some of the key factors that usually serve as motivation for adult learners to return to school?
  • What should the balance be between self-motivation and external motivation in online education?
  • What does the literature say about these internal and external motivations in online learning?
  • How important is cognitive load theory when considering learner motivation, whether childhood learners or adults?

Part 2

Discuss the following:

  • You are preparing to teach a 14-week course in business writing at the local penitentiary. How might you incorporate the principles of self-regulation into your instruction and into your assessment and evaluation of participants?
  • How do you relate the theory of self-efficacy to self-regulation and self-motivation in high school educational settings?
  • How might you have to take self-efficacy and self-perception into account if you are designing a classroom course for learners who will be in a mixed class of factory assembly workers, supervisors, and midlevel managers?
  • What obstacles can you see in trying to help eighth-graders learn the use of self-reflection in their learning processes?
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