Facilitating the development of self-directed learning skills in information systems students.

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dc.contributor.author Benvenuti, Susan Ann
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-07T07:19:58Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-07T07:19:58Z
dc.date.issued 2013-01-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/12248
dc.description.abstract Accelerating technological and social innovation drives the need for graduates ready for self-directed lifelong learning. Self-directed learning (SDL) projects are now an integral part of many formal undergraduate programs across the disciplines. A Personal Development Portfolio (PDP) based on Grow’s Iterative Staged Self-directed Learning Model was introduced into a second year Information Systems course to raise awareness of the need for SDL and enable students to drive their own learning. The study evaluates the success of the PDP in preparing graduates as self-directed lifelong learners. Students’ reflective writing and learning journals, together with submitted portfolio work was taken as evidence of success and difficulties. Resistance often accompanies the changes introduced by SDL. This research therefore also explores the potential for business change management principles in mediating change to the educational environment. Student engagement with SDL was found to be accomplished with mixed success; most students demonstrated initial resistance, while many developed into focused reflective learners over time. While students were able to define appropriate learning goals and reflect on progress and achievement, mixed ability in specifying resources, strategies and validation to support their learning was found. Creating change readiness through messaging, cooperative SDL and using adapted change management models were of use in refining the SDL process. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject Self-directed learning en_ZA
dc.subject Lifelong learning en_ZA
dc.subject Personal development portfolios en_ZA
dc.subject Reflective writing en_ZA
dc.subject Learning journals en_ZA
dc.subject Change management en_ZA
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dc.subject.lcsh Independent study--South Africa.
dc.subject.lcsh Individualized instruction--South Africa.
dc.subject.lcsh Management information systems--Study and teaching (Higher)--South Africa.
dc.title Facilitating the development of self-directed learning skills in information systems students. en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA


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