ERIC Number: ED171619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Moving Toward Self-Directed Learning. Highlights of Relevant Research and of Promising Practice.
Della-Dora, Delmo, Ed.; Blanchard, Lois Jerry, Ed.
This document describes self-directed learning, summarizes practices and research since 1930, examines sociocultural influences on teaching and learning, and describes methods for initiating self-directed programs at all levels. Chapter I describes areas in which students could take responsibility for their own learning: selecting methods and materials, communicating with others about what is to be learned, and evaluating achievement of goals. Relevant research, discussed in Chapter II, addresses such areas as teacher-pupil planning, community based and citizenship education, values clarification and moral education, establishment of goals, self-discipline and self-assessment, learning styles, grouping practices, independent study, and students as resource persons. Chapter III lists needed research topics: development of learning styles, development of cognitive mapping into usable practices, left-and right-hand brain research, child-rearing practices, child development, classroom climate, and long-term effects of current individualized instructional programs. Chapter IV presents essays on the relationship between racial/ethnic backgrounds and learning. Cultural learning styles of traditional low income urban blacks, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, females, and middle class whites are described. Chapter V discusses administrator roles, staff development, inservice education, team planning, and administrative and supervisory support systems for implementing self-directed learning. (KC)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Cultural Influences, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Humanistic Education, Individualized Instruction, Learning Theories, Nontraditional Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Research Needs, Self Directed Classrooms, Socioeconomic Influences, State of the Art Reviews, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Development, Student Role, Student School Relationship, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Role
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.