Learning is the process of acquiring knowledge in a particular field of study. Learning is influenced by various factors including motivation which plays an integral role in the learning process. There are four contexts that motivate learning. These include practical, personal, experimental, and idealistic contexts. Firstly, practical context refers to the urge to learn something that makes someone more skilled in a particular field. Practical context lays more emphasis on improving one`s mastery of technical skills and ability at large. Secondly, personal context that motivate learning relates to ones` family background and past experiences. Therefore, one is motivated to study so as do prosper in his or her life. For instance, if ones` parents did not perform well in school, this may be a source of motivation to study hard. Thirdly, experimental context that motivates learning refers to real experiences through which someone can get the meaning of what he or she is studying. Fourthly, idealistic context that motivates learning refers to the pleasure that one gets from studying different things and exploring new things and ideas.
My learning is motivated by the personal context. Throughout my childhood, I never got what I desired. This is in terms of the school I started schooling from, the toys I played with, and where we resided. This is because my parents did not do very well in school. As such, they were unable to find good paying jobs. My personal experience has always formed the basis of my motivation to learn and nurture my career. This is because I would like to my kids and I to live a better life in the future. I believe I can only realize my dreams through studying.
Volet, S., & Vauras, M. (2013). Interpersonal Regulation of Learning and Motivation: Methodological Advances (illustrated ed.). London: Routledge.