Self-directed learners change our world: Self-directed learning as a force for innovation, discovery, and social change
This paper further explores the thesis that society advances through the efforts of Self-Directed learners. The thesis is investigated through examination of biographies and other written documentation of innovators — explorers, scientists, inventors, and social activists who changed our world, often pursuing their goals despite adverse circumstances. The authors reviewed the gathered data for evidence of self- direction in learning (SDL), extracted commonalities, and compared the characteristics and actions of the innovators with those commonly attributed to self- directed learners. The research documented extensive evidence of SDL among the innovators and revealed that their SDL was integral to their achievements. Evidence contrary to many of the myths surrounding SDL was reflected in these innovators, the most important being a strong sense of social responsibility and desire to contribute to the well-being of others that drove many of their self-directed learning efforts.
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