Self-Directed Learning and the Academic Evolution from Pedagogy to Andragogy
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Self-Directed Learning and the Academic Evolution from Pedagogy to Andragogy

Patrick Hughes (Texas Tech University, USA) and Jillian Yarbrough (West Texas A&M University, USA)
Pages: 300|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7661-8
ISBN13: 9781799876618|ISBN10: 1799876616|EISBN13: 9781799876632|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799876625
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Description

Self-Directed Learning is an instructional strategy where students accept a leadership role in their own learning process. Self-directed learning is an increasingly significant learning technique for undergraduate students performing in a technologically and globally advanced college arena. Based on our research, this proposed book is unique because the proposed self-directed learning techniques are specifically geared towards helping college students gain awareness of the significant shift, they must undertake from absorbing information to directing their own learning process.

As professionals in higher education, we strive to cultivate a learning environment where students are active in crafting and customizing course content such that new information can emerge that directly support each student’s own learning journey and unique life goals. The overall purpose of teaching students the self-directed learning process is to support a student shift from passive pedagogical learning to active andragogical exploration, in other words, the result is a unique, self-directed learning transformation. Specifically, a shift from seeking a mastery of basic skills to recognizing and reassessing the structure of personal assumptions, expectations, feelings and actions. Recognizing the value of student participation and leadership in their own learning journey is the catalyst for this manuscript.

This book proposes to fill the gap between theory laden academic books designed to help academic faculty incorporate self-directed learning activities into their courses and the self-help books designed to help motivate individuals to learn new skills. This book, Self-Directed Learning: Academic Evolution from Pedagogy to Andragogy is designed to specifically empower college students to accept a leadership role in their academic journey.

As we described, there are relatively few available books with the specific purpose of support the college students understanding of self-directed learning as it directly relates to their personal academic success. Most current texts in Self Directed Learning support academics in creating courses that offer self-directed learning projects or texts that support “self-help” or “self-motivation” for individual outside the university boundaries. With this proposal, we argue for a text that offers specific support for college students and the unique challenges they face as they transform into efficient independent adult learners.

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