The Clinical Educator’s Guide to Fostering Learner Motivation

Kayley Lyons, Jeff Cain, Stuart T. Haines, Danijela Gasevic, Tina P. Brock

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Learner motivation is essential at every level of education, from student to professional, and in every setting, from lecture halls to simulation laboratories to clinical placements. Without a desire to learn, learners will not put forth the necessary effort to learn (Bandura, 1977, Cook and Artino Jr, 2016). Not only do individuals with strong motivation put forth more effort, but also they are more resilient to the inevitable setbacks that arise when learning challenging concepts or skills. Clinical educators, within and outside the classroom walls, play a key role in learner motivation through the design of the learning activities, implementation of instructional strategies, and creation of positive learning environments (Kusurkar et al., 2011b). For instance, a health professional student may find a placement more motivating due to the variety of tasks, enthusiasm of the supervisor, and quality of feedback they received. This motivation then may lead the student to read more, engage in additional learning activities, and ask better questions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMedical Teacher
Early online date2 Nov 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Nov 2020


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