Developing self-directed learning in student teachers

Magdalena Mo Ching MOK, Ching Leung LUNG

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This paper reports on the design and implementation of a project for developing self-directed learning in student teachers. The study involved 20 student teachers currently enrolled at The Hong Kong Institute of Education. The study contextualized self-directed learning in the Education Projects module. Each student teacher designed and implemented a small educational research project. The Know Want Learn (KWL) method, concept map and a reflection question were used to collect data on the change in the self-directed learning capacity of student teachers. Data analysis revealed that student teachers had differential growth in selfdirected learning competence. Further, both quantitative and qualitative changes were observed in student teachers’ conceptualizations of educational research. Nevertheless, capacity remained for further improvement in their capacity for self-directed learning. Copyright © 2005 International Self-Directed Learning Symposium Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-39
JournalInternational Journal of Self-directed Learning
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005


Mok, M. M. C., & Lung, C. L. (2005). Developing self-directed learning in student teachers. International Journal of Self-directed Learning, 2(1), 18-39.


  • Teacher Education
  • Development of Disciplinary Knowledge (e.g. Sociology, Psychology)


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