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ERIC Number: EJ903809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1475
Gifted Primary Students' Knowledge of Self Directed Learning
Van Deur, Penny
International Education Journal, v4 n4 p64-74 2004
Gifted students are often described in the literature as being self-regulated, self-directed learners. Ten gifted primary students were interviewed in order to clarify the concept of self-directed learning in students of primary age. The students provided information on their knowledge of self-directed learning, explanations of the self-directed learning process, self-directed learning at school and out-of-school, learning preferences, and their attitudes to self-directed learning. Gifted students' views were compared with those of ten randomly selected students and four students identified as having learning difficulties in classroom work. For gifted students, understandings of self-directed learning included internal influences such as initiative, effort, and persistence, and external influences included time management strategies, working with others, and using resources. The paper introduces a model of self-directed learning in primary students. The model includes motivation, learning strategies and the nature of the school context. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia