Motivating People to Learn

...and teachers to teach

by Gregory Pastoll

Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/9/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781438916477
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 1
ISBN : 9781491889329

About the Book

A frank and plain-spoken account of how to make use of intrinsic motivation to power the learning process – at all levels of education, for students of any age.  

Using examples from many different educational settings, the author describes in detail these twelve powerful strategies that will help any teacher or trainer make significant improvements to their students' motivation for learning:


·         Starting with the learners’ questions

·         Making use of constructive competitiveness

·         Giving students the right level of challenge

·         Getting students to interpret original data

·         Making the learning experience hands on

·         Allowing students the maximum freedom to play with ideas

·         Shattering students’ complacency

·         Giving constructive feedback

·         Giving learners the opportunity to excel

·         Providing students with the means to judge their own progress

·         Co-operative learning techniques, and

·         Exposing students to motivated people.


About the Author

Gregory Pastoll has been teaching for more than 30 years. All that time he has been fascinated by how people learn, and he has been a keen observer of how teaching sometimes does, and sometimes doesn't assist people to learn.

He is currently in his ninth year of teaching basic mechanical engineering, and has also taught English as a foreign language in South Korea and Austria.  For brief spells in other schools, he has also taught mathematics, physics, art and woodwork.

For 14 years he was a consultant on tertiary teaching at the University of Cape Town, where he studied the teaching methods of academics and the methods used in tutorials. This work led to the publication of his book 'Tutorials That Work' in 1992. He has a PhD in Higher Education, and has run seminars for academics at 3 other universities in South Africa.

In his own teaching, Greg is passionate about promoting self-reliance, will-power, and exuberance about being human. He is continually developing materials and apparatus, and designing learning events to make his students feel for themselves the intrinsic excitement of mastering the material.

Greg believes that the important thing about learning is not so much what you study, but the characteristics you develop as a result of engaging with the material.

He has many interests, among them painting, violin-making, and writing childrens' stories. One of his children's musicals was performed for the first time in 2007, and his first children's book appeared in 2008. He has also designed, produced and marketed a board game to promote the sport of cricket.