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ERIC Number: EJ1028353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1470-3297
Teaching Reluctant Students: Using the Principles and Techniques of Motivational Interviewing to Foster Better Student-Teacher Interactions
Wells, Harvey; Jones, Anna; Jones, Sue C.
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v51 n2 p175-184 2014
In formal learning settings, there will always be instances of resistance to learning from students, resulting in either open conflict or withdrawal and consequent disillusionment on the part of both students and teachers. This paper presents a set of principles and associated practices for responding to disengagement from learning in constructive ways. This framework, motivational interviewing, is borrowed from health care but has been adapted for use in higher education. The model focuses on building confidence and independence and fostering engagement, thus enabling students to take responsibility for their learning. The model is student-centred and collaborative and thus fosters constructive relationships between student and teacher. This paper presents the theoretical underpinnings of the model and the ways in which it can be used in teacher-student interactions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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