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Podcast: Participation, Motivation and Adult Learning by Dr Ellen Boeren

Dr Ellen Boeren is Chancellor’s Fellow (tenure track) at Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom). She got her PhD in Educational Sciences in May 2011 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. On the 10th of July 2014, she gave a talk in a Ragged University event which was called “Participation, motivation and adult learning: similarities and differences across Europe”.  You can listen to the podcast here.

She is interested in the field of higher/adult/lifelong education and conducts European comparative research studies.  She holds a special interest in survey methodology.  Ellen teaches ‘Research Methods’ for MSc students at Moray House in Edinburgh. She was appointed as  the new Chair of SCUTREA (Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults). Read more

Why Are So Many Workers Disengaged? by Fiona Savage

The UK has an employee commitment shortfall. Surveys report that only round one third of UK employees state they are engaged. No wonder that increasing worker commitment is seen as a major concern by UK managers. In the CBI Harvey Nash review (July 2012) securing higher employee commitment was the top workforce priority for UK organisations. The Head of the Civil Service recognised gaining increased commitment among public sector workers is a priority.

Organisations often develop engagement policies yet another example of doing something thing too employees rather than understanding motivation.

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