Examples Of Self-Directed Learning

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“Google it.”, is a phrase that is now common place in everyday language and it outlines how normal it is to be able to find out information instantly. Technology has given us the ability to know lots of information and facts. This has caused memorization to be not as important as it has been in the past when information was not readily available. Education has for a long time been focused on memorizing information and then regurgitating the information onto a test. To more effectively learn, the ideas of how we teach students must evolve with technology. One of the more recent but not new ideas to come into the lime light is self-directed learning. Self-directed learning is an idea that if I wanted to learn something I make it a priority and…show more content…
Self-directed learning is a method of education that has students investigating problems, and Teachers supplying the student the problems to solve (Leary 1). Teachers are not directly providing the solution or information (Leary 1). The student is the one who is defining the parameters around learning while the teacher is just a facilitator in the process (Leary 1). Self-directed learning is, “allowing learners to make decisions about the information they want to experience” (Gureckis and Markant 465). Zimmerman, in his article “Self-Regulated Learning and Academic Achievement: An Overview”, describes these kinds of learners as those who “proactively seek out information when needed and take the necessary steps to master it” (4).
Thus, self-directed learning is a student who is active in the learning process and set in the right direction to begin
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A study done by Gaynor Lloyd-Jones and Tony Hak on a medical undergraduate course showed that students’ learning was agreed upon socially by “the peer group” and the sources given by the professors specifically textbooks (72). The “peer pressure” overcame the focus of the course on developing the students into self-directed learners ( Lloyd-Jones and Hak 71). The solution to the problem this study outlined is to change the culture of the students. If the students are taught that they can rely on the teacher for truth and then one removes that factor, it is only natural that students would move that trust to their peers. The students must be taught to have independence. Self-regulated learners are not willing to listen or don’t care what their peers have to say about learning a particular subject. They understand how they learn. This is more an issue of furthering the development of a student into self-directed learner not that of self-directed learning failing. It is only natural that there be a culture shift from the lecture sort of feed-me kind of mentality to that of one who goes and hunts for their own information to learn. Once a student has been developed into a self-directed learner they will have greater achievement than those of the more traditional

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