Direct Learning Theories (ADED-5050)-Self-Directed Learning

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I have always enjoyed classes that let me direct my own progress. I have taken classes that are set up so that you can take them at your own pace. I thought that those courses were more productive because I could learn at my own pace and on my own time. Sometimes courses are set up that some students are being held back from their potential and some students cannot keep up with the rest of the class. Self-directed learning help a student take the initiative and the responsibility for what occurs in their coursework and the student can select, manage and assess their own learning activities.


Learning Theories (ADED-5050) - Self-directed learning was really interesting to read and learn about and I agree with the importance of that type of learning in adult education. Merriam, Caffarella, and Baumgartner (2007) talk about the goals of self-directed learning which include enhancing the ability of adult learners to be self-directed in their learning, learn to substitute transformation learning as central to self-directed learning, and to promote learning and social action as an essential part of self-directed learning (p. 107). I really agree with the first goal because I think it is important for adult learners to be proactive in their education and try to direct themselves so that the student can push themselves forward to be as great in their learnings as they possibly can. It is important for the student to …show more content…

68). The authors also discuss a myth that disregards the students being able to give meaning to the SDL theory. The resistance to allow SDL exists among those who believe the myth that student feedback is invalid (p. 65). I think it is important for students to be able to communicate how the best way for them to learn is and how the student can benefit from the

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