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ERIC Number: EJ959400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2276
Views of Gifted Elementary Students about Self-Directed Learning
Van Deur, Penny
Gifted and Talented International, v26 n1-2 p111-120 2011
Despite the connection between independent learning and gifted students, little is known of the views these students hold about the process of being self-directed learners. This interview study examined views of ten gifted elementary school students in South Australia about Self-Directed Learning. The interview responses showed that these gifted students had detailed knowledge about Self-Directed Learning, emphasised the importance of motivation, and described differences in Self-Directed Learning at home and at school in terms of choice of activities. The results of the study suggest that gifted elementary students have explicit awareness of their knowledge of Self-Directed Learning, which is associated with their positive motivation for Self-Directed Learning. The results also suggest that development of knowledge and skills of Self-Directed Learning, together with choice of school-based independent learning inquiries, could provide these students with the motivation and challenge they need to plan and implement investigations while evaluating their own progress. (Contains 1 figure.)
World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. Western Kentucky University, Gary A. Ransdell Hall, 1906 College Heights Boulevard #11030. Tel: 270-745-4123; Fax: 270-745-6279; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia