Graduation Date

Fall 2017

Document Type



Master of Arts degree with a major in Education

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Eric Van Duzer

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. Kenny Richards

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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Rural adults participate in education at lower rates than their urban counterparts. If rural communities and their residents are to compete and stay viable in a global economy that demands life-long learning, it is imperative to increase adult motivation to engage in education. Non- participation by rural adults will be examined through an investigation of the concept of rural, rural education, participants and non-participants, and barriers to and motivations for participation. Lastly, Wlodkowski’s (2008) Motivational Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching will be explored as a framework to present a learning-to-learn curriculum addressing local barriers to rural adult non-participation and promoting life-long learning.

Keywords: Rural Adult Learners, Rural Adult Participation in Education, Adult Non-participants, Rural Adult Attitudes towards Learning, Rural Adult Barriers to Education, Adult Barriers to Learning, Adult Motivation to Learn, Learning to Learn

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