"When I want to, I perform better than when I have to. I want to for me, I have to for you. Self motivation is a matter of choice" Sir John Whitmore - Coaching for Performance
Traditional driving instruction does not allow the student to take ownership of their learning, as the student remains a passive learner. The instructor sets the 'Aims & Objectives' for the training session. This form of learning is Driving Instructor - led and the students' motivation is to pass a DVSA Driving Test and the Driving Instructor helps them to achieve this. The student learns because they have to.
In a Coaching, Client-Centred approach the student is encouraged to set their own goals for the session. Putting them right in the centre of their learning, helping them to take ownership and responsibility for it. The motivation is now to achieve their goals that have been set by them, because they want to.
Goal setting is a process that should be inclusive of the student but is more than merely asking " So, what would you like to do today?" and then accepting whatever they say, providing it's within their capability, by saying "OK then, so let's go and do it then"
For example, if a student has asked to try a Turning in the Road it needs to be established what skills they already have and what skills they need in order to complete the Turn in the Road. Then which of these skills is it most important to learn/achieve first. How will they use these skills? What in particular would they like to focus on during the Turning in the Road, the control of the car?, getting round in 3?, to be more aware of what is going on around them? So now we are getting down to the specific needs of our students. This is starting to set the goals for the lesson. There could be several goals in a driving session, particularly if it is 1.5 - 2 hours in duration.
So next time you are setting goals with your student, consider is this really a Goal?