Getting By With Less: Self-Directed Learning in K-12
It has become quite fashionable to talk about self-directed learning these days. This means that students get to take direct courses with input from faculty instead of having to rely on lecturers. The advantage to students who get to take a course without having to pay for the cost of such classes, is that they gain substantial knowledge from the instructors instead of going through the painful hassle of reading literature from scratch and memorizing facts. Self-directed learning can help students achieve academically by allowing them to learn the content they need from the material. And, if taken in a bad way, this kind of education can also be used for socially disadvantaged people. These two books are meant to help the reader in self-directed learning as it can be used by kids who usually cannot take online classes.
“Getting by with Less” and Self-Directed Learning in Korean Education
Studies on how self-directed learning can help impoverished students are known. In order to promote this kind of learning in underprivileged schools, a huge section of elementary students are selected to take free courses at the public school. These students are not eligible for taking online courses due to their poverty. These students typically attend classes in public schools so they can gain skills that would help them with their future in an industry like brick and mortar.
Some publications question this effort for it is argued that these underprivileged children would never have access to many of the things that an educated child would. They would be deprived of knowledge about how adults at more advanced stages of their career learn as well as the benefits of education. The result would be that they would never be able to achieve the dream of becoming a highly accomplished individual in their lives.
So, what can be done? The author of “Getting by with Less” lists eight books for reading for the purpose of self-directed learning. They are usually inexpensive and most of them have chapters that can be taken on short trips of 1-3 hours depending on the students’ ability to read at various difficulty levels. This is beneficial as students will have time to read multiple chapters or series of chapters. The books include ones like “How to Succeed in Business and Life”, “Steve Jobs”, “Wired for Pleasure”, “11 Timeless Lessons in Personal Mastery”, “The Life Long Playbook”, “Control Everything”, “Self-Made You”, and “Antidote”.
To learn about how Self-Directed Learning can support students in the field of art and culture, another book “Self-Directed Living” (Inno) is probably one of the best and free guide books for self-directed learning in the field of culture and art.
Tips for Choosing Self-Directed Learning Classes
Before taking one of these self-directed learning courses, the reader should understand what kind of training and skills the instructor has to offer. The author recommends understanding the content of any self-directed learning classes so that you can realize how the instructor intends to teach the whole subject. It is good to be aware of the instructors’ content tastes and outlooks as it might provide you with the information you need to progress further. Of course, you also must be aware of the disadvantages of pursuing any of these courses. One of the best situations to keep in mind is when the courses are tailored for a student with lower cognitive ability.
Furthermore, while paying attention to the skills that the instructor is trying to teach, it is also important to ask what values the instructor values. It is fair to ask him or her if the motivation behind the courses is to develop skills or teach the students something of value.
As a final point, the readers should look out for materials that can help them break down content into easier understandable segments. There are many excellent self-directed learning DVD’s and books out there that do just that. The readers should always look for a self-directed learning book that contains short chapters that can be easily read on short trips.
In conclusion, self-directed learning has become quite trendy in education today. The more self-directed courses are available, the more people will appreciate this practice of learning outside the classroom.