Ilona Gehtmane-Hofmane

Last modified: 22.03.2022


This study investigated the motivational components of adult learning within informal educational settings using Constructivist grounded theory methodology. The research question - what are the motivational components of adult informal learning viewed in the Equine Assisted Learning practice framework as a learning space, where primarily learning takes place. Three dominant motivational components of adult learning were identified from the study and offered for discussion. Equine-Assisted Learning as an informal learning environment incorporates motivational components that appear intrinsic over extrinsic motivation, performance over achievement, and immediate satisfaction over long-term benefit. These motivational components are detailed further through three surfaced subcategories: interest-driven learning, immediate satisfaction, and desire for the challenge.


adult learning, Constructivist grounded theory, Equine-assisted learning, informal learning, motivational components


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