Self Directed Education In Nepal

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SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING AND STUDENTS’ LEVEL OF COMPETENCIES: A QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF HIGHER TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS IN NEPAL Hari Prasad Nepal A Thesis Proposal Submitted to School of Education Kathmandu University Lalitpur, Nepal September, 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS CHAPTER I 1 INTRODUCTION 1 Problem Statement 6 Purpose of Study 7 Research Questions 7 Hypotheses 8 Rationale of the Study 8 Definition of Terms 10 Organization of the Study 12 Chapter Essence 13 CHAPTER II 13 LITERATURE REVIEW 13 Understanding Competencies 14 Self-Directed Learning 16 Theoretical Review 19…show more content…
As quoted earlier, it has been further driven by the development and access of the information technology tools, which was initially designed for only communication. Later on, it is widely used in formal and informal learning process. In this context, I have failed to locate any research that raises this issue to investigate in the higher technical education of Nepal. I came to conclude that, a little attention is given to the self-directed learning matter in higher technical education. But there are some research works in the global perspectives by Zimmerman, Hiemestra, Chen and Theunissen, who had explored the issue from different perspectives. For instance, Chen has found the positive relationship between information technology and education with a positive impact on performance (Chen & Looi, 1999). Similarly, Theunissen and Stubbe also considered the self-directed learning and competencies of students and found a positive relationship in skills (Theunissen & Stubbe, 2014). But, there is a lack of documented reports and research work on the self-directed learning strategies and higher technical education…show more content…
It is started to emerge as a research focus since the early 1970’s (Saks & Leijen, 2013). Psychology, social cognitive theories, and some philosophy like humanistic philosophy are deeply associated with the self-directed learning (Durr, 1992). So, learning theories are the basic foundation for self-directed learning. Self-directed learning should not be viewed as an “Intellectual Robinson Crusoe”. Robert Bandura has coined its importance in the pedagogical field. Although, traditional business schools have not promoted this type of learning, some adult learners are not ready for SDL and some subjects are not suitable for SDL (Beitler, 2000). However, skinner had first emphasized on the self-directed strategies (monitoring, instruction and reinforcement) in learning. However the real application of self-directed learning strategies was first started only after Bandura’s Social Cognitive Learning

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