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EDU587: Adult Learning and Development

EDU587: Week 3 – Discussion

Week 3 – Discussion

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Goal Theory and Motivation [WLOs: 1] [CLOs: 2, 3]

Prior to beginning work on this discussion, review the required textbook Chapter 8 on “Motivation and Learning” and the required article “The Neuroscience of Goals and Behavior Change.” People set personal and professional goals to keep focus and drive behaviors toward completion of tasks and achievement of objectives. Often, however, people do not follow through on the activities necessary to achieve their goals, giving them up before they are achieved or even before they start. Motivation is the desire or internal process that makes a person move toward a goal. So, how do goal setting and motivation connect? Goal theory, also referred to as achievement goal theory, posits that students’ academic motivation can be understood as attempts to achieve goals. For every goal achieved the individual is motivated to set new goals. The cycle continues as the individual progresses through their education.

To begin this discussion, think back to the Week 1 Post Your Introduction discussion in which you discussed your goals for obtaining a MAED specializing in higher education. Think about your academic goals and what has been your motivation for setting and achieving these goals.

In your initial post:

  • Extend your Post Your Introduction discussion by describing your academic goals, how they were determined, and how you have pursued their achievement.
  • Then critically assess the relationship between your goals and the motivations that have helped you move toward achieving them; explain how our goals and motivations have served each other and where they have fallen short.
  • Discuss ways you can motivate yourself and other learners in this course and future courses to set appropriate goals and persevere in working toward them.
  • Conclude by addressing the question: Is the setting of goals sufficient to motivate one to succeed? If so, defend your position. If not, what else is needed?

Guided Response: Respond to at least two peers by Day 5. In your responses, compare your experiences, and exchange ideas about how goals and motivation can best be coupled to achieve desired objectives.

Though two replies is the basic expectation, for deeper engagement and learning, you are encouraged to provide responses to any comments or questions others have given to you, including the instructor. Responding to the replies given to you will further the conversation and provide additional opportunities for you to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic. In addition to offering comments, question your peers about their responses to encourage further conversation.

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