A Comparison of the Motivations and Learning Strategies Employed by Adult Learners in Industrial Training Programs

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Henry John Nicholson (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Samuel Miller

Abstract: Using the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (Pintrich, Smith, Garcia, and McKeachie, 1991) and supported by interviews with the participants, this study compared the learning strategies and motivations used by engineering students participating in a self-study Engineering Fundamentals course and a lecture-based Operating Systems course at three nuclear power plants in the United States. The results of this study determined that while the self-study and the lecture-based instructional delivery methods promoted the use of different motivations and learning strategies for the engineers, the learning outcomes were not affected. The dominant factor that contributed to the student success in both courses was the practice of effective self-regulation strategies by the learners.

Additional Information

Publication
Dissertation
Language: English
Date: 2007
Keywords
Adult Education, Motivation, Learning Strategies