Students' engagement in learning using the Self-Rating Scale of Self-Directed Learning

Williamson, Swapna Naskar (2014) Students' engagement in learning using the Self-Rating Scale of Self-Directed Learning. In: University of West London Teaching and Learning Conference 2014, 24 June 2014, Ealing, UK.

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Self-Rating Scale of Self-Directed Learning (SRSSDL) is a tool used to assess students' self-directedness in learning from various disciplines in higher education institutions in several countries. This tool was used as a part of learning skills development of students studying the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (FdSc) Assistant Practitioner course at the University of West London. The objectives were: (i) To assist students to become more aware of their own learning progress, (ii) To evaluate the effectiveness of the SRSSDL in helping develop students' self-directed and lifelong learning skills. Most FdSc students have not studied in a formal education setting for a considerable period of time and find this challenging. Students' active engagement in own learning is a key to progress in university education. This will also promote the development of their lifelong learning skills. They require appropriate learning support to self-monitor their own progress and to develop their learning skills in order to meet the course requirements. A total of fourteen final year FdSc students used the SRSSDL tool. All of them responded to a semi-structured questionnaire and evaluated the tool being beneficial in developing their skills in becoming independent and self-directed learners. The SRSSDL scores have been useful for both students and teachers. This has helped to identify students' individual learning needs and level of self-directedness. Consequently, appropriate measures were implemented to help students becoming independent and self-directed learners instead of simply passive dependent learners.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Students' self-initiation and active engagement in managing their own learning is the key to progress in university education. The Self-Rating Scale of Self-Directed Learning (SRSSDL)is a validated tool to help students to become self-directed in their learning. Self-directed learning involves a series of inter-related learning activities allowing learners to become goal directed, autonomous, inquisitive about their own learning, more able to solve problems more effectively and make reasoned decisions in both an educational and a practice environment. This will help them to become life-long learners.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-Rating Scale of Self-Directed Learning (SRSSDL), student engagement in their own learning, adult learning.
Subjects: Education
Depositing User: Swapna Williamson
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2016 11:22
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2016 14:59

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