Motivation-Why I like Wlodkowski


When reflecting on conditions necessary to create and establish a motivational learning environment, I really enjoyed reading Wlodkowski’s summary of motivational strategies.(Merriam et al…2014, Page 159) Often as instructors, we may not have learners that are totally engaged with the topic that you are facilitating. Perhaps the unmotivated learner is in your class as it is a requirement to achieve their diploma. Perhaps unforeseen personal circumstances are affecting their learning perspective in a negative. Quite often in today’s classroom, a cultural diverse learner may have difficulty assimilating into a classroom environment.  I found that Wlodkowski’s strategies can assist the instructor with identifying numerous ways to mitigate unmotivated learners.

Dr. Wlodkowski has a website with links to his published books and articles in relation to adult motivation. In exploring the site I found this article of particular interest to myself.

Professional Learning to Promote Motivation and Academic Performance among Diverse Adults

One of the reasons I enjoyed the article is that I am a very visual learner. I love charts and bullets! in discussing the topic of motivation in diverse groups, Wlodkowski provides and excellent chart in the article for a motivational framework for culturally responsible teaching.  He breaks down into four categories:

1.Establishing Inclusion:
How do we create or affirm a learning atmosphere in which we feel
respected by and connected to one another?
2.Developing Attitude:
How do we create or affirm a favorable disposition toward learning through
personal relevance and learner volition?
3.Enhancing Meaning:
How do we create engaging and challenging learning experiences that include
learners’ perspectives and values?
4.Engendering Competence:
How do we create an understanding that learners have effectively
learned something they value and perceive as authentic to their real world?
(Margery B. Ginsberg, Raymond J. Wlodkowski, 2009)

He suggests that these can be a ‘framework’ for developing activities or lesson plans in your classroom. Can you identify any of these techniques in your classroom environment? I believe I am successful in the first two, but could definitely consider ideas to implement to incorporate more of the third and fourth subjects into my courses. Using this model  and the summary of motivational strategies, will easily help me identify methods to make the class a richer learning environment. And that is why I like Wlodkowski!


Merriam, S. B. & Bierema, L. L. (2014). Adult learning. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons.

Margery B. Ginsberg, University of Washington-Seattle and Raymond J.
Wlodkowski, Professor Emeritus Regis University CAEL Forum and News, November 2009

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