Education for a better world – Part 2 : Counter-intuitive ideas : What makes a learner successful.

Who is SC Mak?

So what exactly is the ‘official’ definition of an autonomous learner?   There is tons of literature out there on the general and specific definitions but here’s one I find concise enough to sum it up – A self-directed learner (autonomous learner) can be summed up as someone who is highly confident of their ability to learn which enables them to study entirely on their own, acquire a set of learning which can be learned and applied in self-directed learning, take charge of  an inborn capacity which is suppressed by institutional education, take responsibility  for the methods, measures and achievements of their learning goals and is capable of recognizing their right to determine the direction of their own learning.[i]

Gary J. Confessore

Taking responsibility for our learning – making informed decisions.

These ideals seem very lofty and unattainable. However, there is a possibility it sounds that way because we are products of a “Boxed in School of Thought”.  –  So what does Prof. Confessore’s area of expertise in self-directed learning mean for parents who are looking for alternatives beyond schooling?

The theories of SDL (self-directed learning) provide a general direction that can lead to sought after answers for parents who need to have some ground to touch about the validity of learning that goes beyond traditional schooling.

There has always been a canyon that divides the inroads made in academic research and its applications in the general populace those studies are supposed to benefit. It does seem unfortunate that it takes decades before we could apply what research has discovered to benefit the development of ourselves and especially that of our children. Generations of young learners would have forgone a window of opportunity for learning.  Not only that, the core-beliefs they cultivated about themselves as learners due to ineffective teaching can further impede their own chances of later becoming a self-directed learner.

Focus on solutions : Does autonomous learning mean to get rid of the teacher and textbooks?

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Education for a better world.

I have absolutely no idea why I never posted this on my own blog after all this while….it’s been, after all, 2 years!  It has

been left sitting in LBS’ website isolated from the rest of its family here on this blog!

So here goes :

written in December, 2008

Part 1 :  Deschooling in order to Educate for a better world.

On  Dec. 8th  FamilyPlace organized a talk by Professor Emeritus Gary Confessore, (Ed.D) of the Higher Education Administration of George Washington University who was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to lead a discussion on “Self-Directed Learning”. The talk was held at a venue in Kota Kemuning which was attended by about 40 parents of homeschoolers and homeschoolers-to-be.

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The miseducation of society.

Learning Beyond Schooling asked : Wouldn’t it be interesting if report cards were on teachers and the students evaluate their teachers’ performances? and it elicited a thread of comments.

My comment would have been a little too long to include and I dare not impose upon others, unless of course, they clicked the link and arrived at this page.

In the end it is not a matter of to school or not to school; it is a question of whether we educate for Freedom or we miseducate them into the trappings of life.  ~ Sloane

I think though, that if we simply removed the thinking that Teachers are authority figures and that we need “learning institutions” to learn we would stand in the eye of the storm and see that the only problem with education is the fact that we all bought into the idea of systemized learning – that we need higher authorities, institutions and systems in order for learning to be valid.

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