Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Kron, William


In efforts to understand how to motivate adult learners within the correctional education setting, educators must be aware of the inhibiting and motivating factors that either hinder or improve student self-efficacy. While there are numerous factors that influence each, this study provides a focused lens to spotlight the major components of both the inhibiting factors being psychological hindrances, goals, and negative learning environments as well as the motivating factors being future aspirations, a sense of normalcy and goals for a better life for adult learners within the prison walls. These factors are then utilized in creating and executing effective instructional strategies that will continue to build student motivation, self-efficacy, and self-confidence. Building a respectful environment, employing motivational interviewing tactics, building self-regulated students, and guiding towards release plan goals are the essential skills to be implemented by teachers within adult correctional education in order to build a strong sense of motivation within students.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis