Roger Hiemstra and Ralph G. Brockett (Editors)
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education
Number 64, Winter 1994
Ralph B. Brockett, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
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Editor's Notes (Roger Hiemstra, Ralph G. Brockett)
1. Resistance to Self-Direction in Adult Learning: Myths and Misunderstandings (Ralph G. Brockett)
Educators and learners often resist the introduction of self-directed learning because of misunderstandings about it or about its underlying philosophy of humanism.
2. Resources Related to Overcoming Resistance to Self-Direction in Learning (Huey B. Long)
Definitions of several important terms serve as a bridge to the remainder of the volume. An annotated list of key resources is provided.
3. Portfolio Assessment as a Strategy for Self-Direction in Learning (Jean Ellen Jones)
Portfolio development can be a valuable strategy for promoting self-direction in the formal classroom setting. Here, art education is used to illustrate such use.
4. Adopting Self-Directed Learning in Continuing Professional Education: Physicians and Architects (Gary J. Confessore, Sharon J. Confessore)
Continuing professional education offers an important context for promoting self-direction in learning. An understanding of professions and reflective practice can help minimize resistance.
5. Practical Experience with Self-Directed Learning in Business and Industry Human Resource Development (Lucy M. Guglielmino, Paul J. Guglielmino)
In several cases, principles of self-direction have been successfully used in business and industry settings. Sources of resistance in this context are addressed.
6. Applying Self-Directed Learning Principles in the Technical Training of a High-Risk Industry (Constance C. Blackwood)
Learner resistance is a reality in situations where training is mandated. A number of strategies designed to break down resistance to learning in such situations by introducing elements of self-direction are described.
7. Using Technology to Provide Self-Directed Learning Options for Power Utility Employees (Thomas D. Phelan)
How can technology help learners overcome resistance to self-direction? A five-step process is outlined and discussed within the context of employee career development in a power utility.
8. Resistance by Educators to Using a Self-Directed Learning Perception Scale (Jane Pilling-Cormick)
The author has developed a new instrument to measure perceptions of self-directedness among learners. Experiences in using the instrument with resistant instructors are described.
9. Enhancing Self-Direction in the Adult Learner: Instructional Techniques for Teachers and Trainers ( Susan B. Slusarski)
What can teachers and trainers do to help learners overcome resistance to self-direction? A variety of useful techniques are presented.
10. Helping Learners Take Responsibility for Self-Directed Activities (Roger Hiemstra)
Seventy-eight micro components of self-direction are described. By understanding these components, educators can help learners take increasing responsibility for self-direction in every phase of the teaching-learning process.
11. Resistance to Self-Direction in Learning Can Be Overcome (Roger Hiemstra, Ralph G. Brockett)
Key concepts and themes from previous chapters are highlighted to demonstrate that resistance to self-direction can indeed be overcome.
-- Return to Roger Hiemstra's opening page
-- Go to Editor's Notes, Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three, Chapter Four, Chapter Five, Chapter Six, Chapter Seven, Chapter Eight, Chapter Nine, Chapter Ten, Chapter Eleven, or The Index.