Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn: A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching All Adults (Revised Edition)
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In the more than a decade since its original publication, Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn has been widely used in all educational and training settings where adults are learners, and has remained a work of enduring value to both practitioners and students of adult learning. This completely revised edition of Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn offers updated, culturally responsive practical advice and strategies in the jargon-free, readable style that made the original work so popular. This valuable resource is for teachers, trainers, and anyone who wants learning to be a motivating experience for all adults.


RAYMOND J. WLODKOWSKI is research professor in the School of Professional Studies at Regis University, Denver. A licensed psychologist and coauthor of Diversity and Motivation (Jossey-Bass, 1995), he works nationally and internationally in adult education and training.


How Motivation Affects Instruction.

Characteristics and Skills of a Motivating Instructor.

What Motivates Adults to Learn.

Establishing Inclusion Among Adult Learners.

Helping Adults Develop Positive Attitudes Toward Learning.

Enhancing Meaning in Learning Activities.

EngAndering Competence among Adult Learners.

Building Motivational Strategies into Instructional Plans.

Epilogue: Being an Effective Instructor of Adults.

Appendix: Observation Guide for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning (Adult Version) Margery B. Ginsberg.


"This is the first book in our field that addresses specifically the topic of adult motivation for learning. . . . so clearly written, so comprehensive, and so thoroughly based on scholarship that it will become a classic in the literature of our field." (Malcolm S. Knowles)

"A straightforward, practical approach to adult motivation for learning. . . . an excellent reference guide for instructors, teachers, and trainers." (Training News)

"Well planned, easy to read, and rich in insight. The author delivers what he promises, avoids jargon and psychobabble, is not afraid of using humor, and provides abundant examples." (Training and Development Journal)

"A major step toward a vastly improved and more holistic frame of reference that will truly help to enhance the quality of adult life." (Journal of Higher Education)