ERIC Number: ED454922
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Self-Directed Learning: A 2-Year, 4-Year Collaboration for Engineering Students. Working Paper Series.
Beston, William; Fellows, Sharon; Culver, Richard
This paper describes the joint collaboration of Broome Community College (BCC) (New York) and the State University of New York at Binghamton to help their engineering students become self-directed learners (SDL). Gerald Grow's model for staged self-directed learning is presented as a framework for the collaboration, with its four stages of student ability: (1) dependent; (2) interested; (3) involved; (4) self-directed. At each level, the role of the instructor complements the student's ability. To optimize the student's learning and promote development of SDL skills, a course needs to start where the student functions competently and then stretch them through activities that call on more active, independent learning. Self-directed learners, when confronted with a new topic which they need or want to learn, are capable of setting educational goals, establishing a program for learning the desired information/skills, adapting the learning program to their preferred learning styles, and evaluating their own level of achievement. At BCC, training in SDL skills is being built into second-year traditional, as well as asynchronous, courses through use of group projects. Binghamton integrates instruction in communications, computers, graphics and design, and provides a natural platform for developing SDL skills and attitudes. Joint development and the sharing of experiences has assisted both colleges in this project in building more effective programs and more self-directed students. (Contains 18 references.) (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Broome Community Coll., Binghamton, NY. Inst. for Community Coll. Research.