ERIC Number: ED375632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-12
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How Effective Is Self-Directed Learning at Generating Successful Learning Experiences, and What Is Its Role within Higher Education?
Hubbard, Reginald S.
This study sought to determine if self-directed learning (SDL) experiences produced higher levels of academic achievement than traditional, teacher-directed learning experiences. Out of a group of 720 first-year students at the United Arab Emirates University, instructors identified 86 SDL students who completed all homework assignments, did extra studying on their own, participated in class, consulted instructors outside of class, and visited the university's independent learning center (ILC). A second group of 164 students, referred to as ILC students, was randomly selected from among the 795 students who used the ILC at least one time during the semester. The study found that 94 percent of the SDL and 85 percent of the ILC students passed the first-year final exams, whereas only 73 percent of all first-year students passed the exam. The results suggest that students who exhibit more SDL behaviors perform better than students who do not. The uses of SDL in higher education are discussed. (Contains 15 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates