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Understanding motivation for lifelong education, through biography, complexity and control

Martin, Graeme (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

Lifelong learning requires motivation to complete learning projects across the lifespan. Understanding an individual’s commitment to extended periods of learning is not well understood. There are particular gaps in longitudinal and biographical accounts of learners grounded in frameworks of lifespan theories. Equally missing are accounts that consider the dynamical nature of learning across time. Three learner biographies are examined to develop a dynamical control perspective of motivation for extended learning. Drawing on a regulatory framework the Lifespan Theory of Control and concepts from complexity perspectives particularly Non Linear Dynamical Systems Theory, including feedback, attractors and bifurcation, A model is offered which synthesises processes of control, motivation and dynamics leading to competence and accounting for extended periods of learning.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Thomas, Gary
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:School of Education
Subjects:LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3425
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