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Motivational factors in further education.
Dixon, Deirdre
Motivational factors refer to reasons why we want to do something or learn something. In the further education setting there are many elements that determine motivational factors The learners own attitude and interest in learning will be a primary factor. Within the setting tutors and student support can also impact on the motivational factors of the learners. Further education combines concepts, methods, processes, tools and pedagogic styles to achieve a holistic approach to teaching and learning. The amalgamation of a mixture of structured classroom-based formal lessons, informal learning through work placement and student support seeks to ensure that learner centred requirements is the main priority in the teaching/learning process. The purpose of this research was to examine the motivational factors for studying in Further Education, to the examine the ratio of male to female students studying in the areas of Child Care, Nursing and Social Care in Moate Business College. I also examined how the grant system affects students in Further Education and how the economic downturn has affected the numbers enrolling in courses within the Further Education sector. The research was carried out at a further education college located in the Midlands, Ireland. The research group comprised of students attending a FETAC Social Care, Childcare and Nursing Studies Course along with teachers involved in these courses. I also investigated a similar Further Education College in Co. Meath and made comparisons. Key findings were determined from a mixture of quantitative and qualitative data and include the opinion that a vast number of learners choose to study in Further Education as it provides students with an excellent platform for further study and to gain entry into third level education. Further Education also ensures students gain theoretical and practical experience to equip them with knowledge and skills for future employment.
Keyword(s): M.Ed. in Adult and Community Education; M.Ed.; motivational; motivation; motive; motives; further education; holistic; male; female; attitude; learning
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Type: Master thesis (research)
Peer-Reviewed: No
Institution: Maynooth University
Citation(s): Dixon, Deirdre (2012) Motivational factors in further education. Masters thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.
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