Motivation in Computer Supported Adult Learning Environments: Designing Online Learning to Support a Psychology of Becoming


Temi Rose

University of Texas at Austin 8100 North Mopac #235 Austin, Texas 78759 USA 512-502-0976


Abstract: Modelling teaching, in particular the type of teaching that inspires students, will require a Kantian, non-utilitarian view of the person. Abraham Maslow and other Third Force psychologists have described the parameters that orient our investigations into relational knowing. We are left with the responsibility to discover the elements involved in genuine interpersonal engagement. Whole systems theory and living systems theory provide a basis for conceptualizing the necessity of embedded, inter-communicative systems. Qualitative research is an emergent paradigm owing much of its rationale to the work of Third Force psychologists. In essence, what qualitative researchers are aiming to appreciatively analyze are specific instances of ever-widening inter-affecting systems. The World Wide Web provides a real world model of group learning that can be well utilized by educational systems designers. Dare we create computer supported educational learning environments that encourage freedom of investigation or will we create electronic education that continues the Platonic tradition of limiting intellectual freedoms to those who have proved themselves capable of denying the nature of their own vivid curiosity? Can we build systems that encourage teachers' and students' mutually interdependent self-actualization? This paper investigates these and other related questions.


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