Motivational Learning

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Motivational Learning
Jaron Ekers
EXP105: Personal Dimensions of Education
Prof. Katherine Myers
January 25, 2013

Contexts that Motivate Learning. Motivational learning can be broken into four contexts. Those contexts are: Practical, Personal, Experiential, and Idealistic. The practical context of learning would be learning something because you know in advance it will benefit you. The personal context of learning would be learning something for personal gain or because you want to accomplish an important goal or goals. The experiential context of learning would be learning something because of your past experiences. The idealistic context of learning would be learning something because you want to explore ideas, theories and concepts to experience the discovery of something new. There are four main contexts that motivate people to learn and everyone has their own reasons. Personal Context of Motivation.

I decided to return to school for personal reasons. I have wanted to return to school for a long time. I guess I was just always to busy and kept telling my self I will do it later or next year. Instead I got into the construction industry as a laborer. I got tired of working my fingers to the bone for very little. That is when I decided to return to school and get a degree in something I love doing and working with. I also like the idea of making more money and being a better provider. I also want to better my self as a person.

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