Self-Directed Learning is not new.
Studied in terms of adult education and vocation for years, self-directed learning is increasing in popularity for a variety of reasons, including growing dissatisfaction with public schooling, and the rich formal and informal learning materials available online. This is the “age of information” after all. Self-directed learning is one response, something slideshare user Barbara Stokes captures in this chart.
The four stages–very similar to the gradual release of responsibility model–appear below.
The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model
Stage 1 Dependent Authority, Coach
Stage 2: Interested Motivator, Guide
Stage 3: Involved Facilitator
Stage 4: Self-Directed Consultant, Delegator