Category Archives: Self-directed learning

What Is Self-Directed Education?

Let’s start with the term education. In everyday language people tend to equate education with schooling, which leads one to think of education as something that is done to students by teachers. Teachers educate and students become educated. Teachers give … Continue reading

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Biological Foundations for Self-Directed Education

Here are four powerful, innate drives that lead children to educate themselves. In many previous posts I have contended that children come into the world biologically designed to educate themselves. The evidence comes from observing the amazing learning capacities of … Continue reading

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Differences Between Self-Directed and Progressive Education

As regular readers of this blog know, I’m an advocate for Self-Directed Education. My research and that of others convinces me that Self-Directed Education works, is eminently practical, and is far less trouble to everyone than the coercive educational system … Continue reading

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How to Learn on Your Own

We all have cases where we want to learn something outside the school context. Maybe you need to pick up some skills for your job or hobby. Maybe you read something surprising in the newspaper and want to know the … Continue reading

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A Design Framework for Personal Learning Environments

Working in today’s organizations and undertaking the transformed work practices require knowledge workers who possess high-level mental competencies involving abstract and critical thinking and working with products such as information, knowledge and networks. This desire to generate more autonomous and … Continue reading

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What happens when Students Create their own Curriculum?

There are no tests, no grades, and, for some students, no traditional classes to sit through. That’s because the program is centered around the concept and execution of self-directed learning. With input from advisors, working professionals, parents, and peers, each … Continue reading

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Heutagogy, Self-Directed Learning and Complex Work

Knowles defined self-directed learning as: “The process in which individuals take the initiative, with or without the help of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identifying human and material resources for learning, choosing and implementing learning strategies, … Continue reading

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Supporting Student Self-Regulated Learning in Problem- and Project-Based Learning

In order to be successful in problem- or project-based learning (PBL), students must take responsibility for the learning process by setting goals, monitoring, reflecting, and sustaining their motivation from the beginning of the project until the end. However, for many … Continue reading

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