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What helps learning?


As part of my doctoral research I am exploring the factors that help and those that hinder delegates/participants/students to take any learning from academic & vocational training & be able to use it as part of their everyday work/life? I would like to know all the factors & prioritised if possible including the things that may well relate to work, home/personal life & the style, design & delivery of the course/training itself.
Kathleen Harrison-Carroll

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  1. Research in to learning
    Hi Kathleen,

    This is very close to my own doctoral research where I am trying to identify the non psychological factors at play throughout the process of learning. This covers all learning and not just academic.

    From my research so far I would say that the personal motivation of the learner throughout the process is the key.

    Whilst I am looking at the non psychological elements such as physical environment, human support, safety, access and level of outcome clarity I have captured many accounts of where all of these things were acting against the learner and the person has still managed to learn effectively and often with positive life changing consequences.

    There is a real mix of motivations that seem to work. Some people are motivated by moving or getting away from a situation and some by moving towards and achievement or obtaining something. Some seem to enjoy the process and how they are when in “learning mode” and others dislike the process and focus entirely on the end product.

    Good luck with your research.



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