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Theoretical and Historical Evolutions of Self-Directed Learning
The Case for Learner-Led Education

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ISBN 9781032412528
April 14, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

This book analyses the deep historical and theoretical roots of self-directed learning models in order to put forward a new conceptual understanding of Self-Directed Learning.

It utilises philosophical methods to present arguments, both historical and contemporary, in favor of shifting education toward self-directed models and away from a view of education that places teachers, administration, curriculum, and standards at the center of the learning endeavor. This book demonstrates that Self-Directed Learning has proven to be effective in numerous contexts and builds on this history to present a new philosophy of education termed ‘Eudemonic Self-Directed Learning’, for individual and societal flourishing.

Exploring exemplars from different cultural and historical settings to inform post-pandemic pedagogies and policies, this book will appeal to scholars and researchers of the history and philosophy of education, with interests in self-directed learning and its potential for contemporary practice.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Whose Education Is It Anyway? 1. The Other Pandemic: Dependent Learners in the Age of Autonomy Part 2: A Brief History of Self-Directed Learning Part 2 Introduction: Looking Back to Move Forward: Tracing Self-Directed Learning Through Western Civilization 2. "All men by nature desire to know:" Aristotle’s First Premise, Natural Curiosity, and the Rise of the Sophists 3. Learning to Do, Learning to Learn: Apprenticeships and the Printing Press 4. Rousseau, Pestalozzi, and Froebel: Nature, Freedom, and Play 5. The Great Equalizer: Horace Mann, The Chautauqua Movement, and W.E.B. Du Bois 6. Dewey, Montessori, and Progressive Reformers 7. Education as Revolutionary: Summerhill, Sudbury, Free Schools, and Citizenship Schools8. Illich and Holt: Deschooling, Homeschooling, and Unschooling 9. The Field of Self-Directed Learning Part 3: Exploring Self-Directed Learning Environments Part 3 Introduction 10. Ready to Learn: The Skills of Self-Directed Learning 11. Experience and Environment: The Role of School in Self-Directed Learning 12. Where’s the Teacher? Guides, Facilitators, and the Role of Adults in Self-Directed Learning 13. Equity, Freedom, and Responsibility 14. "Staying Competitive": Self-Directed Learning and Market Forces Part 4: Eudaimonia and Democratic Schooling Part 4 Introduction 15. Learning as a Pursuit of Happiness: Education for Individual Flourishing 16. Learning to Live Together: Self-Directed Learning and Social Responsibility 17. Bringing it Together: Learning for the Self and the Other 18. Eudemonic Self-Directed Learning Part 5: The Future of Education 19. A Summary of Arguments and Implications for Future Research

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Caleb Collier is Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia and Researcher at The Institute for Self-Directed Learning, USA.