Motivational Techniques

This website article “The Resiliency of Adult Learners” immediately caught my attention, as many mature students whom I have taught have overcome considerable barriers to pursue their education.  The author John Rans comments on the complex lives of adult students who juggle many responsibilities and struggle with their sense of identity as a learner and student. He links theories from the humanities with his field of advising and talks about the importance of getting adult students to tell their stories as this can be empowering and sets up an interaction that is “more transactional and less developmental.” I would like to go further in incorporating learners’ stories in my classes as stories are a powerful connecting tool.


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