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Collier, Caleb P. – International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted weaknesses in our education system and has prompted renewed conversation about the structure of education. This article argues that the conversation should be more geared to the why of education (i.e., the purpose of schools) rather than the how (i.e., the multiple ways of delivering education both for…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Role of Education, Educational Philosophy
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Payne, Shelley – International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 2021
Scholars of self-directed learning look to define best practices in teaching and learning that promote an improvement in self-directed learning. In order to do this, learners need more awareness of the student learning outcomes that exist as part of their programs of study. Could the use of an e-portfolio system allow students to see their…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Portfolios (Background Materials), Student Evaluation, Outcomes of Education
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Boyer, Naomi R.; Mason, Jessica; Cleary, Michelle Navarre; Telkamp, Julie – International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 2021
Competency-Based Education (CBE) programs require the demonstration of competence rather than accumulation of credits, empowering learners to choose the process and pace of their experience. The current study investigated the role that self-direction plays in the success of students in CBE programs and the extent to which the cultivation of…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Independent Study, Student Characteristics, Student Centered Learning
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Linkous, Holley – International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 2020
A student of self-directed learning provides a perspective commentary on the use of fiction to foster discussion of themes, studies, and theories related to self-directed learning. The novel used is Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451," set in a future dystopian society where books are outlawed and any that are found are burned by government…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Novels, Literary Criticism, Adult Education
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Piotrowski, Marilu – International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 2020
As healthcare delivery, education, and technology dramatically evolve, middle managers serve a vital role in communication. Studies provide convincing evidence that resilience and self-directed learning can each be acquired and improved. This study investigated the relationship of resilience and self-directed learning readiness in healthcare…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Resilience (Psychology), Health Services, Middle Management
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Porter, Tracy H.; Rathert, Cheryl; Lawong, Diane A. – International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 2020
Doctoral program noncompletion rates have been an area of concern within higher education for many years with overall completion rates of less than 50%. Some scholars have speculated it might be time to reevaluate the content, structure, and process used in doctoral programs in order to examine what adjustments might be made for improvement.…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Doctoral Students, Student Attitudes, School Holding Power
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Artman, Bryan; Danner, Natalie; Crow, Sherry R. – International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 2020
This article explores the current research on the state of teacher professional development practices. The literature shows that conventional professional development practices are typically deficient in addressing teacher and, indirectly, student needs. Conventional professional development practices were shown to be deficient due to their…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Independent Study, Nontraditional Education, Teacher Participation
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Currie-Knight, Kevin; Zambone, Alana M.; Mock, Raymond – International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 2020
In this study, we examined how seniors in a College of Education acclimate to a college-level course that heavily incorporated principles of self-directed learning. We qualitatively analyzed observations, student interviews, and professor journaling data from 9 sections of this course. Reported obstacles to student acclimation include nervousness…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Adjustment, Learning Strategies, Student Attitudes
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Brockett, Mary R.; Brockett, Ralph G. – International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 2020
Biography can be a valuable tool in understanding historical perspectives on adult learning. The purpose of this study was to look at three examples of times throughout Abraham Lincoln's life when he demonstrated a high level of self-directedness in learning in order to solve problems that he faced. Specifically, we examined (a) Lincoln's youth,…
Descriptors: Presidents, Biographies, Independent Study, Adult Education
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Chen, Ken-Zen; Chen, Chang-Hua; Tsai, Hsiao-Feng; Li, Shao-Chi; Guglielmino, Lucy M. – International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 2020
The objective of this study was to determine the fitness of the Self-Directed Learning Readiness Scale (SDLRS) factorial structure for Taiwanese secondary school students. Analyzing the model fit of the SDLRS was undertaken. Data from the 8-dimensional 58-item SDLRS completed by 3,878 students from 7 Taiwan secondary schools were analyzed using…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Curriculum, National Curriculum, Curriculum Implementation
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Zhu, Meina; Bonk, Curtis J. – International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 2019
This mixed methods study examined instructors' perceptions of self-directed learning (SDL) and the design of MOOCs to facilitate student SDL. Four instructors were selected for Zoom interviews and their MOOCs were reviewed to inform the questionnaire design. An online questionnaire was completed by 48 MOOC instructors worldwide. The findings…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Teacher Attitudes, Large Group Instruction, Online Courses
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Katz, Arnoud; Westera, Wim – International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 2019
This study investigated how student autonomy in physical education can be enhanced without producing adverse effects. A sample of 150 students from Dutch preparatory vocational education was divided into four groups subjected to different levels of autonomy during a physical education lesson. The autonomy conditions varied from teacher-led lessons…
Descriptors: Personal Autonomy, Motor Development, Physical Education, Foreign Countries
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Brockett, Ralph G. – International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 2019
This article explores the process through which John Steinbeck wrote "The Grapes of Wrath." This process can be viewed as a learning process with elements of self-directed and transformative learning. Using primary and secondary sources, including a journal Steinbeck kept while writing the book, four themes are discussed: (1) Steinbeck's…
Descriptors: Novels, Authors, Independent Study, Learning Processes
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Hashad, Dalia – International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 2019
This study explored the self-directed approaches to learning that young adults in Egypt pursue after college graduation through examination of their motivations for learning as well as the influence of the tools of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on their self-directed learning experiences. Using a mixed method design, a total of…
Descriptors: Information Technology, Independent Study, Young Adults, College Graduates
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Wagner, Susan R. – International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 2018
This study examined the relationship between elementary teachers' self-directed learning and activities in their classrooms. A 2-phase, mixed methods design first utilized a quantitative study to denote the type of data collected in the second, qualitative phase. The quantitative Phase 1 gathered data with the Learning Preference Assessment…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Independent Study, Elementary School Teachers, Learning Readiness
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