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ERIC Number: EJ799658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
Self-Directed Learning--A Learning Issue for Students and Faculty!
Silen, Charlotte; Uhlin, Lars
Teaching in Higher Education, v13 n4 p461-475 Aug 2008
Self-directed learning (SDL), is an essential concept in problem-based learning (PBL), and, in a broader sense, student-centred learning. Considering the complex nature of SDL, it has been taken for granted and given a shallow meaning, i.e. self-study. In order to develop a deeper understanding and make use of the potential in SDL, this paper discusses and puts forward a more profound meaning. The importance of regarding becoming a self-directed learner as a learning process, and the need for teachers to take part in the learning, is crucial. Two "thinking models", one concerning the PBL tutorial work and one the relationship between tutorial work and self-study, are introduced. The unifying idea behind the reasoning is to emphasise the essence of providing opportunities for, as well as stimulating, the students' inquiring approach and responsibility. (Contains 10 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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