Study Circle on Motivation in the Adult Education Classroom
Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 2:30 PM - Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 4:00 PM (EDT)
The webinars will be held on the following dates and times:
- Self-Efficacy: July 9, 2015, 2:30–4:00 PM Eastern
- Goal Setting and Expectations: July 23, 2015, 2:30–4:00 PM Eastern
- The Learning Environment: August 6, 2015, 2:30–4:00 PM Eastern
Join us to review and discuss the latest research and best practices on motivation, engagement, and persistence as described in the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) publication, Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research. You will collaborate with and exchange ideas with other participants, try out new ideas and activities in the classroom, and receive guidance and feedback from the facilitator, Cristine Smith. Outcomes will be practical, proven strategies that can be used to enhance program, classroom, and student outcomes.
The series of three webinars—Self-Efficacy, Goal Setting and Expectations, and The Learning Environment—is based on research reported in the National Academy of Sciences’ recent publication, Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Options for Practice and Research. (This publication is available via free download from this site: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13242). Chapter 5 (Motivation, Engagement, and Persistence) from that publication integrates findings from several disciplines including psychology, anthropology, and sociology
Cristine Smith is in the international education concentration in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There since 2006, she teaches undergraduate and graduate students about the research, theories, professional wisdom and strategies for improving the quality of education in developing countries. Her research and project work focuses on girls’ and women’s education, out-of-school literacy education for youth and adults, training and materials for early grade reading reform, professional development for literacy/reading teachers and faculty development for active teaching/learning in developing and fragile contexts. Before 2006, Smith worked for 18 years for the nonprofit organization World Education, directing research and training projects in the United States and South Asia.
The study circle is free. Certificates for six hours of credit will be given upon successful completion of the study circle activities—attendance at all three sessions and sharing of next steps. Registration is limited to 30 participants.
In preparation for the first session, read pp. 12–24 of Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Supporting Learning and Motivation. You will need to register for a new account to download the PDF.
For additional information, contact:
Kaye Beall, Director
LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center