ERIC Number: ED478870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding Motivation for Lifelong Learning.
Smith, Jim; Spurling, Andrea
This book, which synthesizes research from psychology, sociology, and economics in Great Britain and elsewhere, maps the factors influencing motivation and introduces a long-term motivation strategy to help develop a lifelong learning society for the United Kingdom (UK). Eight chapters cover these topics: motivation to learn; different faces of learning motivation; motivation for learning activity; motivation for learning strategy; developing learning motivation in the family; the family's wider influence on motivation; environments; and policy implications. A postscript offers an action agenda that includes 57 recommendations for improving motivation for lifelong learning across the spheres of workplace, family, and community. Twenty-six tables/figures and 250 references are included. (The fundamental assertions emerging from the synthesis are as follows: (1) the levels of learning motivation displayed by individuals reflect their social and economic experience in general and their family experience in particular; (2) despite this experience, every healthy person can, in principle, rise to high levels of motivation to learn; and (3) at every point in society, practical steps can be taken to significantly improve learning motivation. It is suggested that the U K improve motivation for lifelong learning by drawing on the motivational efficiency in the market; the supply side of the equation; a specific skills agenda; a social learning agenda; and redistribution of public funds in the field of learning.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Attitude Change, Context Effect, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attitudes, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Enrollment Influences, Family Influence, Family School Relationship, Futures (of Society), Learning Motivation, Lifelong Learning, Policy Formation, Public Policy, School Community Relationship, Social Science Research, Socioeconomic Influences, Strategic Planning, Student Motivation
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, Renaissance House, 20 Princess Road West, Leicester LE1 6TP, United Kingdom (14.95 British pounds). Web site: http://www.niace.org.uk or Southgate Publishers, The Square, Sandford, North Crediton, Devon EX17 4LW, United Kingdom (14.95 British pounds).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: Campaign for Learning, London (England).; National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom