Adults are attending college in record numbers every year. These students, many with families and careers, may have been away from an academic environment for many years and have unique needs in developing lifelong learning skills. Academic librarians have an important role as change agents in this dynamic learning environment through information literacy instruction, workshops, and individual consultations.
Mind, Motivation, and Meaningful Learning: Strategies for Teaching Adult Learners provides a blueprint that academic librarians can apply to their instructional design that facilitates a change in students’ motivation and learning strategies. It provides the tools necessary to teach learners to identify, evaluate, and apply appropriate cognitive, learning, and motivation strategies based on course content and a deeper understanding of the metacognitive component of meaningful learning. Five chapters explore the theories behind adult learning, culminating in a seven-unit curriculum scalable to a variety of learning domains complete with lesson plans, activities, assessments of the learning goals, and student reflections.
Mind, Motivation, and Meaningful Learning can help you identify the components of academic learning that contribute to high achievement; help students learn and practice effective learning and study strategies that lead to improved self-efficacy, self-regulation, and knowledge transfer; and improve instructional design for student, instructor, and academic teaching librarian success.
About the Author
Dr. Melissa L. Miller is a faculty member at the University of Southern California (USC). Her primary roles are the head librarian for the Hoose Library of Philosophy and a humanities librarian. She is the subject specialist, collection development and research, for the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences departments of philosophy, religion, anthropology, linguistics, comparative literature, and the history of science and technology, and offers research consultations, information literacy instruction, and assessment for both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Melissa is also a teaching faculty member for the Marshall School of Business, master of management in library and information science (MMLIS). As an assistant university professor, she teaches research and professional leadership applications for the internship program. Prior to USC, she worked in the corporate sector for nearly two decades (1991–2009), where she held several leadership positions.