ERIC Number: ED441000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
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Correlating Self-Directed Learning with Distance Learning Success.
Pachnowski, Lynne M.; Jurczyk, Joseph P.
At a large Midwestern university, the distance learning administration has recently found a need to develop a preassessment instrument for its distance learning students. The instrument would be made available to students to help them determine their readiness for the unique nature of distance learning. This study sought to determine whether the student characteristic of self-directedness correlates with student success in Web-based courses, as defined by course grade. The researchers chose to implement the Self-Directed Learning Readiness Scale (SDLRS) (Guglielmino, 1977), a 58-item, 5-point Likert instrument that was e-mailed to all Web-based students. The researchers asked Web-based instructors to provide letter grades for the students and give their assessments of each student's habits and attitudes for success in the course and each student's technical skills. Seventeen students returned completed instruments, and instructors provided data on 39 Web-based students. The results of the study show that self-directedness was not a good indicator of success. The instructors' ratings of students' attitudes and habits was the best indicator, and students' technical skills were a good indicator in a smaller sample in which students' grades were higher. The challenges of gathering data from distance education students are also discussed. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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