What is self-directed learning?
Self- directed learning has been essentially described as “ a process in which individuals take the initiative with or without the help of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identifying resources for learning, choosing and implementing learning strategies and evaluating learning outcomes.” (Knowles 1975)
Self-directed learning strategies
Self-directed learning allows you to manage your knowledge acquisition more personally. You control where, what, when and how you learn. What is essential to keep in mind is your learning needs- both perceived (what a learner thinks about their needs) and unperceived (discrepancies not perceived by the learner). Self-directed learners should understand their scope of practice, know their practice demographics, and assess data on personal performance through self- observation and accepting feedback. Self-directed learners benefit from creating a learning plan and make a commitment to fulfilling their goals through inquiring and solving problems, choosing relevant resources and remaining motivated in improving their performance.
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