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ERIC Number: ED069216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 6
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Motivation for Learning.
Martinko, Agnes
This article deals with three areas of student motivation in postsecondary education: (1) current innovative practices in postsecondary education; (2) the concept of work in a people centered society; and (3) the individual as a synergetic being. Since World War II when veterans proved that older persons are more motivated to learn than traditionally younger students, colleges have been providing continuing and adult education programs that allow for degrees to be earned on a part-time basis and even on a nonresidential basis. The myth that a college degree is a necessity to earn a good living is also being shot down. Cross-country truck drivers, on the whole, earn more money than college professors with Ph.D.'s. Education needs to be changed to train those people who are interested in occupations outside of academic fields to function in their jobs to the best of their abilities. Although it is important for a person's schooling to enable him to earn a living, it is felt that the synergetic attribute of the individual will begin to grow in importance. This synergy can be viewed both in a limited perspective as the way in which the physical, mental and emotional aspects of an individual combine and interact to form a personality, as well as a broader perspective that observes the interaction of the individual as a part of a whole that can focus on society, mankind, the universe and beyond. (Author/HS)
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.