Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age

Self-directed learning was used to describe how adults learn for many years (it was part of Malcolm Knowles’ definition of andragogy.)  With access to everything, everywhere – and people of any age being able to easily pursue interests – it is used with broader strokes.  “Self-directed learning is a necessary component of education and yet there is little emphasis on this in both public and private schools. Here and there one will hear about a pilot program that addresses the power of autodidactic learning but it is infrequently assimilated as a pedagogical alternative to traditional education. Our teachers are stuck within the confines of a system that no longer serves our children.”

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