An assessment of self-directed learning readiness in an external degree program
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This study involved the assessment of self- directed learning readiness of adult students enrolled in an external degree program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. This external degree program requires the learner to accept a great deal of responsibility for learning and involves a self-directed learning approach. The research addressed the following questions: (1) How well prepared are students to engage in individualized, self-directed learning? (2) What problems are distance learners in an external degree program encountering? (3) What might be done to improve the participants’ effectiveness in learning? The Self-Directed Learning Readiness Scale developed by Dr. Lucy Guglielmino was used to assess readiness for self-directed learning. A survey instrument developed by the researcher was used to answer research questions 2 and 3. Findings indicated that the majority of subjects scored above average in readiness for self-directed learning. Findings from this study provided evidence to support that, although participants in this study possessed high levels of readiness for self-directed learning, they are not completely comfortable with the self-directed learning process and additional help is needed with their learning. Findings from this study provided evidence that learners feel inadequate with aspects of their self- directed learning efforts and want more rather than less assistance with their learning. Institutional commitment to identify and foster self-directed learning and realign missions and goals to ensure student success and academic quality is implicated from this study.