ERIC Number: ED103607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Motivation for Continuing Education: Some Preliminary Considerations.
Rouch, Mark A.
That adults learn what they need and want to learn is as true for continuing education in the ministry as in other fields, and the question of motivation for continuing education is crucial. Significant clues to motivation can be found in the close relationship between learning and work, in personal and corporate growth, and in collegiality (sharing talents individually and collectively). We hunger to know as avidly as we hunger for air and food, therefore motivation for education is not something to be injected from without. It is a powerfully innate force which, on occasion, needs to be awakened, nourished, and channeled into learning activities which will increase competence. What conditions most vitally affect motivation? Probably most important are personal growth; necessary time and money; reinterpretation or a new understanding of continuing education; supportive relationships and accountability (which might also be expressed as recognition and evaluation); and counsel in establishing priorities, in finding the needed learning experience, and in long-range planning. Comprehensive support systems for career development, programs which will initiate and nourish personal growth, starting point strategies, and assistance in planning should be within reach. Finally a basic faith response to life may be necessary to release motivation. (Author/NH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: A working paper for the United Methodist General Conference Commission to Study the Ministry