When transforming to learner-centered practice, qualitative data becomes a crucial element in determining the needs of your learners.
When transforming to learning-centered practice, qualitative data gathering tools are few and far between. However, as the learner-centered movement grows, new tools are being developed to meet the demand of educators nationwide. One such tool is The Hope Survey—a qualitative learner survey based on hope theory. The Hope Survey focuses on identifying where learners are based on “an assessment of generalized expectancy for achieving goals, which contains two components; motivation for pursuing goals and ability to identify workable routes to goal attainment.” The survey measures autonomy, belongingness, mastery goal orientation, and academic press (educators’ high expectations of learners), which are all correlated with traditional academic achievement metrics but also correlate with learner’s performance in life outside of traditional school walls. If you’re wondering how to measure where your learners’ motivation levels are sitting, The Hope Survey is a possible tool to explore.