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Welcome to the Motivating learners section of the resource.

What is motivation?
Motivation is the wants, needs and beliefs that drive a person. It is the desire to achieve a goal combined with the energy to work towards that goal.

Many learners arrive feeling de-motivated, with personal experiences and behaviours that present major barriers to learning. They will need your support to recognise and address the barriers and to commit to change before they can achieve their goals. Imposing change on a learner will not work; the desire to change must come from the learner themselves. Motivational dialogue is a learner-centred approach to motivating people to change aspects of their behaviour that may be having a negative impact on their learning.

What is 'behaviour'?
'Behaviour' is a word with many different definitions. In the context of motivational dialogue, behaviour is a value free description of what a learner says or does. It is not 'good' or 'poor' behaviour, but simply the way an individual responds to events or other people.

Motivational dialogue is a conversational technique that helps people to make essential behavioural changes so that they can realise their goals. It places the learner at the heart of the change process.

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