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Motivational Immediacy in the Workplace
Facilitating Learner Engagement in Training Environments

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ISBN 9780367699857
May 3, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Learners are always motivated; they just may not be motivated to learn the things you are wanting them to learn. Motivational Immediacy refers to the moment-by-moment motivation of learners during a learning event. This is in contrast to typical global views of motivation, and while casting a much heavier burden on the instructor, brings with it more deep, meaningful, and permanent learning.

Motivational Immediacy in the Workplace focuses on fostering learner engagement with a primary emphasis on the role of the instructor, but also addresses the work and concerns of curriculum writers and training directors. The author defines Motivational Immediacy as both a phenomenon and a practice, and provides concrete steps for practical action. Motivational Immediacy, as a construct, refers to a moment-by-moment feeling of motivation on the part of the learner to engage in the learning opportunity directly at hand. As a practice, it is the instructor’s process of working to stay connected with individual learners and foster engagement consistently at every moment of the teaching activity. The author addresses this idea from a learner-centered orientation, making the case that understanding and empathizing with the learner’s perceptions is the most effective way to promote efficient, meaningful learning.

The book will provide a comprehensive conceptualization of learning engagement and learning resistance. It begins with a substantial theoretical framework and then shifts to direct applications to practice in the workplace. Motivational Immediacy is multidisciplinary, and draws from fields such as Adult Education, Workplace and Training Development, Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, and Communications.

Table of Contents

SECTION I: Motivational Immediacy: Changing the Way We Think;  1. Something or Someone;  2. Learning Engagement and Learning Resistance;  3. Motivational Immediacy;  4. From Learning Resistance to Efficient and Effectual Learning;  5. Zones of Engagement;   6. Training through Conceptual Change Frameworks;   SECTION II: Motivational Immediacy: Changing the Way We Practice;  7. Instructional Methods and Lesson Plans;  8. Motivational Immediacy in the Classroom;  9. Curriculum and Instructional Systems Design;  10. Measuring Effectual Learning;  11. Motivational Immediacy, Ethical Dilemmas, and Facilitator as Mediator;  12. Learning as Connection

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Jonathan E. Taylor is an Associate Professor at Auburn University (USA). He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of Tennessee. Prior to his academic career, he spent over a decade as a training coordinator and instructor in workplace contexts. His areas of interest and scholarship are applied philosophy, conceptual change, and learning resistance and engagement in workplace contexts.