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ERIC Number: ED566812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 207
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3394-8206-4
Exploring Self-Directed Learning in the Online Learning Environment: Comparing Traditional versus Nontraditional Learner Populations a Qualitative Study
Plews, Rachel Christine
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Teachers College, Columbia University
The purpose of this study was to explore self-directed learning in the online learning context. A sample of traditional and nontraditional learners, who were considered above average in their level of self-direction, participated in qualitative interviews to discuss their learning while engaged in an online course. The findings suggested no major differences between the two groups, but rather small nuances related to the planning, monitoring, and evaluation of their learning in the online context. Future research could include exploring how self-direction is increased through participation in online courses, self-direction in informal online contexts, and learning activities that promote self-direction in the online context. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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