Formulating a Conceptual Model of Motivation: Implications for Enhancing Accommodation of At-Risk Learners in Postsecondary Vocational Education Programs

J. M. Brown, D. Fjeld-Joseph, J. Wotruba

At-risk learners frequently become discouraged when they encounter educational environments that they perceive as noncaring, unwilling to respond to or understand their unique attributes, and/or unable to accommodate their special learning needs. Consequently, students can become increasingly alienated. Strategies focused on the attitude-related traits of students are considered crucial to at-risk student retention efforts. This research provides a literature review and a conceptual model for addressing motivation-related factors and issues which impact at-risk learners in postsecondary vocational education programs.

MDS-058 / June 1992

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