ERIC Number: ED376553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Creating a Motivational Learning Environment.
This paper examines elements that support the creation of a Motivational Learning Environment. Is it possible to motivate students or should educators focus their energy on creating a motivational learning environment in which students become self-directed and self-motivated learners? The paper focuses on the topics of paradigms, purpose, people, process, and plan--all critical to the development of a motivational learning environment. It describes the following change models: (1) the Concerns Based Adoption Model (CBAM), which focuses on the user; (2) the Institute for the Development of Educational Activities (I/D/E/A) Study, which focuses on dialogue, decision-making, and action; and (3) the Rand Study, which focuses on the change agent. These studies indicate that strategies for change should include active participation, face-to-face interactions, opportunities to learn new behaviors, local materials development, and leader support. The key operational elements for successful organizations include: meaningful involvement of all organizational members, a focus on the system itself, and the utilization of continuous improvement processes. In summary, educational leaders must become "systems literate" and utilize processes that strengthen the organizational culture in order to bring about long-term institutional change. Contains 24 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference on Creating the Quality School (3rd, Oklahoma City, OK, March 31-April 2, 1993).