Self-directed learning

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Self-directed learning (SDL) is a process that has been described as early as 1975, by an American adult educator Malcolm Knowles as a process in which educators become facilitators, and learners take the initiative to recognize knowledge deficits, determine learning goals, identify credible learning resources, implement plans, and evaluate those plans for success [Knowles 1975]. A more recent definition describes SDL as “education that derives from the self-chosen activities and life experiences of the learner.” (Source)

Knowles, M. Self-Directed Learning: A Guide for Learners and Teachers. New York: Association Press; 1975.

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