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Learning/Teaching Styles & Techniques

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Using the following questions as a guide, discuss the different styles of learning.

These questions and topics are meant only to serve as a guide.

1.What motivates people to learn? Is motivation different at different times/circumstances of one's life? Does motivation change as you get older? How do life transitions (entering and completing educational programs, marriage, job changes) affected one's motivation to learn?

2. Discuss different ways of learning. Do some people learn some things a certain way and other things a different way? What different teaching/learning methods/approaches work better for different types of people?

3.What keeps people from learning? (Barriers - situational, institutional, dispositional.)

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The solution examines learning and teaching styles for techniques. The different ways of learning are discussed.

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1. Motivation tends to fall into one of two categories, extrinsic (motivation deriving from external factors) or intrinsic (motivation coming from within). While extrinsic motivators can certainly have an impact on learning, they tend to be less significant than a person's own intrinsic desire to learn. I will always remember what a new friend had told me when I first moved to China and was trying to figure out how I was going to learn to communicate in Mandarin. She said, "You have to love it. You have to love the language, then you can learn it." I have applied this same principle to many endeavors in my life.

That being the first step does not render extrinsic factors as inconsequential. Grades are a good example of an extrinsic factor that is highly motivational for some. As an adult, we might face certain learning requirements in ...

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