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    Motivation of Adult Learners: Article Review

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    This 5 page paper provides an overview of an article entitled Perceptions Regarding Adult Learners Motivation To Participate In Educational Programs by Awoke D. Dollisso and Professor Robert A. Martin. The writer reports the purpose of the study, methodology, results, conclusions and implications for adult education instructors. Although the study focused on adult farmers, the conclusions can be generalized to the broader subject of adult learners, based on previous research. Bibliography lists 1 source.

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    intrinsically and extrinsically. In other words, there are internal motivational factors as well as external factors, such as some type of rewards. Numerous researchers have found that many adults will  attend educational programs when there is an extrinsic reward when they would not otherwise attend that program. Extrinsic rewards could be those that increase profitability and/or decrease costs of running  a business, for example. Previous researchers have also noted that motivating adults to attend educational programs is a challenge because adults choose to attend some educational programs and reject  other programs even though those rejected would be of benefit to them. The question adult educators face is why adults are motivated to attend only certain programs. From this question,  researchers have commented that if we knew how learning affects behavior, we might have a clue as to the motivational factors involved in an adults decision regarding which educational programs  they choose to attend. As an example, at least one previous researcher concluded that for adult educators to encourage and achieve a high level of motivation among adult learners,  they need to: 1.) consult with the population to determine what the learning needs and primary motivation of each learner are; 2.) to assist adult learners to set their own  objectives, which can then be translated into behaviors; 3.) provide feedback to adult learners based on the previous two steps; and 4.) to rely on the intrinsic rewards of personal  satisfaction and success as the primary motivational factors. This particular study investigated these questions among farmers and what motivated them to attend different learning programs. Dollisso and Martin reported  a number of motivational theories, including Maslows hierarchy of needs and Rubensons expectancy-valence paradigm as well as what other researchers have found to be involved in motivation to attend non-formal 

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