ERIC Number: EJ1035977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
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How Can Schools Develop Self-Directed Learners?
Martinez, Monica R.; McGrath, Dennis
Phi Delta Kappan, v95 n2 p23-27 Oct 2013
Helping students become responsible for their own learning is an incredibly challenging task since it requires transforming their previous, passive "sit-and-get" learning style into a go-and-get orientation. The authors present a collection of eight schools that offer valuable examples of how to develop students as self-directed learners. They disrupt students' expectations of passive, rote learning and immerse them active and self-directed learning buttressed by the school culture. Their pedagogical approach of the learning loop reinforces the value of self-direction and helps students internalize an understanding that the ability to produce professional quality work requires sustained effort, incorporating feedback from others, and reflection on the choices and decisions made during the learning process. Helping students develop a sense of responsibility for their own learning is invaluable because it allows students to successfully master rigorous academic content, think critically and analytically, communicate effectively, and collaborate productively.
Descriptors: Independent Study, Effective Schools Research, School Culture, Teaching Methods, Instructional Innovation, Expectation, Learning Strategies, Learning Processes, Feedback (Response), Academic Standards, Reflection, Self Management
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