ERIC Number: ED440394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
The Self-Directed Learner. Helping Children To Learn Series.
Smith, Carl B.
This short book gives an overview of a curriculum plan, a plan to develop the kind of learners that young children should become. The purpose of this self-directed learner curriculum is to help parents and educators guide young learners so they become capable, purposeful, responsible citizens. It provides an outline of the steps needed to develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge that will serve children across the years. After an introduction, the "Round Pegs in Square Holes" section of the book discusses beliefs and principles of self-directed learning and the meaning of "developmentally appropriate." The next section, "Images of the Self Directed Learner," offers two brief "images" (vignettes) of how parents and other caregivers can encourage self-directed learning; advice on fostering a self-directed learner; and characteristics of the self-directed learner. The remainder of the book outlines the self-directed learner curriculum, and discusses habits of mind, skills that make learning possible, knowledge that supports growth, and using personal narratives. (RS)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Educational Attitudes, Elementary Education, Learning Activities, Parent Role, Parents as Teachers, Reading Comprehension, Reading Skills, Thinking Skills
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Bloomington, IN.; Family Learning Association, Bloomington, IN.
Note: For other titles in the series, see ED 437 609-612.