Emerging Student Learning Networks: Self-Directed Learning in an Eighth-Grade Life Science Classroom
Issues and Trends in Educational Technology Volume 6, Number 2, Publisher: University of Arizona Libraries
Although self-directed learning environments are common in higher education and online learning environments, they are uncommon in secondary educational settings. This mixed-method action research study, in which the author/researcher was also the teacher, reports on the design and implementation of a self-directed learning environment for eighth-grade life science students. This study investigated the impact of this type of learning environment on the behavior and achievement of students. The findings demonstrated an increase in self-regulatory behaviors, higher performance on a state-mandated final exam, and the development of complex and robust student learning networks. Implications for teaching and learning practices and suggestions for further research are discussed.
Ardito, G. (2018). Emerging Student Learning Networks: Self-Directed Learning in an Eighth-Grade Life Science Classroom. Issues and Trends in Educational Technology, 6(2),. University of Arizona Libraries.
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