The What and Why of Self-directed Learning - 3
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Question 1 of 4
I’ve always been a cool cat at Math, and have always stumbled a bit in English class. So I chose the Science stream to major in. Turns out there’s an option to minor in English. Do I take it?Correct
Great call! You’ve just demonstrated a Growth Mindset – a pre-requisite for self-directed learning. Also, in the 21st century ability to connect dots across disciplines is essential for creative thinking and problem solving.Incorrect
You need to learn more about Growth Mindset. In the 21st century ability to connect dots across disciplines is essential for creative thinking and problem solving.
Question 2 of 4
I’ve been working very hard on a tutorial that’s due tomorrow. It’s complete but could do with some work on the presentation. But it’s real late and I’m sleepy. What should I do?Correct
The tougher call, the better call! Attention to details, no matter how small, are the mark of a true learner and achiever.Incorrect
Paying attention to details is imperative for excellence and presentation matters. Procrastination is not a good idea.
Question 3 of 4
The new semester looks exciting mostly, except for that one subject that has always been my weak point. This term it’s going to get even more intense! How would I prepare?Correct
Planning, preparation and trying to pre-empt problematic situations will always come in handy in life. When it comes to studying, little & often is better than last minute cramming.Incorrect
Procrastination is never a good idea and short-cuts don’t pay in the long run! You should prepare and adhere to a study plan. When it comes to studying, little & often is better than last minute cramming.
Question 4 of 4
Mom & Dad have told me to pick up one hobby that I promise to sustain through for at least six months! Half a year, can you believe it! They’re ready to sponsor it, whatever it is. What’s my plan of action?Correct
Pushing yourself to work on a goal, a dream, is important. Who knows where it can take you!Incorrect
One important disposition of a self-directed learner is the ability to focus and put sustained hard work on a goal and here you are being given the option to choose something you like. You should make the most of this opportunity!
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According to Meyer and Land, “A threshold concept can be considered as akin to a portal, opening up a new and previously inaccessible way of thinking about something. It represents a transformed way of understanding, or interpreting, or viewing something without which the learner cannot progress.”
You can think of Threshold Concept as a conceptual gateway, till these fundamental concepts are not clear the learner cannot progress further (and still understand). Till these concepts are not clear they tend to be troublesome and once they are clear they become transformative.
To really understand self-directed learning ask yourself what could be its threshold concepts? To help you create a framework here are five questions, pondering on which will give you some ideas. We encourage you to discuss your thoughts.
learning which enhance the knowledge helps to develop skill and which can be applicable in reality.
Indeed, knowledge and skills that are applicable in the real-world context are very useful. This is not to diminish the value of thought experiments that may not have immediate utility but are needed to envision a different future. Think Einstein’s thought experiments on relativity.