ATP mentor training/Assessment of academic proficiency, motivation and goals/Usage notes
Assessment of academic proficiency, motivation and goalsEdit
This questionnaire should be suitable for pupils in ninth grade or three years before the end of non-vocational secondary education, whatever comes first.
The questionnaire is meant to give the mentor an overview of the academic achievements and goals of the protégé. Current learning motivation does play an important role so the mentor should make an attempt to measure it, even if this may be difficult.
The questionnaire is best filled in in cooperation with the protégé so the mentor can discuss the views with the protégé before writing them down. A mentor should not try to influence the opinion of the protégé on learning motivation but should help the protégé to aim for improvement.
Goals in vocational education and university education should change over time or the protégé may be stuck with choices that have been made by a younger teenager. Encouragement to consider more and different goals can help the protégé to take a new interest in the topic. Questioning and confirming academic goals together can also help the mentor to motivate the protégé to aim for improvement of his own volition.
Mentors should, of course, emphasize the importance of general education and not discard subjects that are not seen as relevant for the stated academic goals. A mentor should especially alert a protégé to the possibility of changing goals in future.
The questionnaire should be filled in once at the beginning of each new semester or at least once a year.
Evaluating interests and learning motivationEdit
In such cases, it is obviously the part of wisdom to establish consciousness of connection. In general what is desirable is that a topic be presented in such a way that it either have an immediate value, and require no justification, or else be perceived to be a means of achieving something of intrinsic value. An instrumental value then has the intrinsic value of being a means to an end.
|— John Dewey, Democracy and Education|
A protégé may express views about motivation, interests, wish for improvement and academic goals that appear inconsistent. As a mentor you can interpret those inconsistencies and deduce among other things if the protégé is following higher-order volitions or not.
- What can be deduced if the protégé's perception of difficulty doesn't match academic results and stated motivation?
- What can be deduced if the protégé is interested but badly motivated?
- What can be deduced if the protégé is motivated but not interested?
- What can be deduced if the protégé does aim to improve but lacks motivation?
- School surveys (Optional course unit of the assistant teacher course)
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