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Self directed learning: the core concept of Adult Education

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Abstract: In adult education, the concept of autonomous learning is very important. This term appeared in the field of adult education in the 1970s and is still widely used in this field. Since 1986, the international society for autonomous learning has held symposiums every year to promote autonomous learning. The association also publishes an International Journal of autonomous learning. A recent term is self-regulation, which some authors sometimes use interchangeably with self-guidance. The focus of this review article is "self-directed learning ", which is the most commonly used term in adult education. Many people believe that in learning situations, self-directed tendency is the fundamental difference between children and adults. This artle deals with some factors that affect the understanding of self-directed learning. At the beginning is given a short case story and an account for different perceptions of self-directed learning. This is followed by a clarification of different aspects of self-directed learning, such as why it is advisable, what affects the tendency to self-directed learning, and if self-direction is essentially innate or learned. The situational aspect is dealt with separately as a relatively self-contained aspect of self-directed learning. The presentation is based on a literature study.

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