ERIC Number: ED331995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Intrinsic Motivation Factors To Enhance the Retention of Vocational Special Needs Learners in Postsecondary Vocational Education Programs.
Brown, James M.
A research program identified the key factors that offer insights into students' intrinsic motivation traits. Objectives were to determine intrinsic motivation factors that influence special needs populations during their vocational training programs and their transition into employment and to determine how this information can be used to help them through the transition process. A literature review identified attitudinal, motivational, and affective measures associated with transition efforts and factors associated with successful transition processes. Strategies and a conceptual model were then developed to assess the identified motivation-related factors. The assessment strategies were administered to a sample of special needs learners. Ten vocational instructors and nine support service providers at two technical colleges were questioned about instructional problems and accommodations related to students with low intrinsic motivation; they also reviewed assessment strategies. The program developed a conceptual model of the key aspects of intrinsic motivation factors; a table of specifications that identifies the issues that motivation assessment should address; and surveys and diagnostic interviews. (An attachment is a three-page summary of a national survey of 1,265 professional association members to determine opinions about the relative importance of six concepts related to categories of issues that affect students' motivation traits.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Cincinnati, OH, December 1990).