Decades of research in both laboratory and real-life applications have proven the value of positive reinforcement in directing behavior. Among the everyday scenarios where positive reinforcement has proven particularly successful is the classroom.
Effective instruction depends on ensuring that learners are actively engaged in both receiving the information being taught and processing it for later use. But doing so in an adult learning environment can be challenging.
Ask any middle school teacher and they’ll tell you one of the hardest parts of their job is keeping their audience – the students – focused and engaged. For the adult trainer, there’s certainly a difference in the audience, but the challenge is exactly the same.