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ERIC Number: EJ1064241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0973-2217
Focus on the Learner: Fostering Gumption for Quality, Independent Learning
Hashim, Fatimah; Awang, Halima
Journal on School Educational Technology, v1 n3 p11-16 Dec 2005-Feb 2006
How learners learn to take responsibility for their own learning remains a challenge for educators. One concept that has not been widely considered that we propose is an important requirement in successful independent learning is the concept of Gumption (Pirsig, 1974). Gumption is all about initiative and creativity, zeal and vigour--the practical application of applied intelligence. In this paper we extend Pirsig's conception of Gumption (the "psychic gasoline", 1974:273) to the enlightenment of those who connects with quality. We conceive of learners who are filled with gumption to be skilled at and highly aware of their sagacity, resourcefulness and foresight. Discussion will culminate in a model of teaching episode that fosters gumption. Implications of the approach for practice are also considered.
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Language: English
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