Are you an instructor who struggles to change the mindset of your students? Do you find that the students’ first questions are about grades rather than the content of the course?
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This article offers useful suggestions for trying get students interested in the lessons and topic. I like that it acknowledges how adults are motivated by extrinsic factors and rewards. This is often overlooked, even briefly.
The article suggests that these strategies should include trust-building and relationship building in the excerpt: "Beyond acknowledging that basic needs must be met, we must tap into the adult learners’ motivation by addressing their individual potential and helping them to realize the personal satisfaction that can come from achievement. Yes, there are extrinsic factors at play—adult learners pursue education to advance in a career, to earn more money, and to gain some prestige that may come with a higher degree. But, without ignoring these practical issues, if students can also see how their education, even how each individual class they take, can make a difference in how they see themselves and how they can apply their learning, we start to tap into intrinsic motivation."