What Motivates Learners to Join and Attend Adult Numeracy Classes?

Motivation is what teachers, tutors or educators think of as the distinguishing feature of adult learners from school pupils. Based on their more mature behaviour due to age and past experiences, what we tend to assume is that adult learners come into the classroom with ‘bags of motivation’ and are ready to absorb what we teach. We prepare the resources aiming them to be engaging, interactive and interesting; deliver the lessons using innovative and inclusive approaches, yet we still observe that a couple of learners may have a chat here and there with another friend in the classroom or seem to be disengaged, more so in the subject of numeracy than ESOL, both of which I teach.

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