Students' engagement in learning using the Self-Rating Scale of Self-Directed Learning
AbstractSelf-Rating Scale of Self-Directed Learning (SRSSDL) is a tool used to assess students' self-directedness in learning from various disciplines in higher education institutions in several countries. This tool was used as a part of learning skills development of students studying the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (FdSc) Assistant Practitioner course at the University of West London. The objectives were: (i) To assist students to become more aware of their own learning progress, (ii) To evaluate the effectiveness of the SRSSDL in helping develop students' self-directed and lifelong learning skills. Most FdSc students have not studied in a formal education setting for a considerable period of time and find this challenging. Students' active engagement in own learning is a key to progress in university education. This will also promote the development of their lifelong learning skills. They require appropriate learning support to self-monitor their own progress and to develop their learning skills in order to meet the course requirements. A total of fourteen final year FdSc students used the SRSSDL tool. All of them responded to a semi-structured questionnaire and evaluated the tool being beneficial in developing their skills in becoming independent and self-directed learners. The SRSSDL scores have been useful for both students and teachers. This has helped to identify students' individual learning needs and level of self-directedness. Consequently, appropriate measures were implemented to help students becoming independent and self-directed learners instead of simply passive dependent learners.
TypeConference or Workshop Item
Williamson, Swapna (2014) Students' engagement in learning using the Self-Rating Scale of Self-Directed Learning. In: University of West London Teaching and Learning Conference 2014, 24 June 2014, Ealing, UK.