Learner Autonomy Coaching: A Vehicle to Enhance the Capacity to Learn

By Siew Foen Ng, Gary J. Confessore and Moniza Bt Abdullah.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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This pilot study assessed the effect on Learner Autonomy Profile V3.0 (LAP) scores of a five-week coaching intervention for pre-diploma students at one university in Malaysia. A pre-test, post-test, quasi-experimental design was used. The results reveal significant gains at the .05 level in post-test over pre-test scores on 8 of 22 components, 2 of 4 constructs, and the total score of the LAP among those who were coached, and no significant differences among those who were not coached. The outcome of this study suggests the LAP may be a useful diagnostic tool for identifying areas for coaching interventions that can positively impact students’ behavioral intentions to learn. On a larger scale, the outcome of this study also points to the possibility that the LAP and learner autonomy coaching may be useful tools in other contexts where enhancement of learner autonomy may be useful to individuals and organizations.

Keywords: Learner Autonomy, Coaching, Group Coaching, Higher Institution

International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp.57-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 325.770KB).

Dr. Siew Foen Ng

Senior Lecturer, Language Learning Academy, University Teknologi Mara, Machang, Kelantan, Malaysia

Ng Siew Foen holds the Ph.D. from Universiti Putra Malaysia and is a Certified Learner Autonomy coach. She is a senior lecturer at the Language Learning Academy, Universiti Teknologi Mara in Kelantan, Malaysia, and is currently participating in a project to train Certified Learner Autonomy coaches to work with older adults in both Malaysia and Singapore.

Prof. Emeritus Gary J. Confessore

Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University, USA

Gary Confessore holds a Ed.D. from Columbia University and has served in senior academic administration, research, and faculty positions. He is currently Professor Emeritus at George Washington University and a Principal of Human Resource Development Enterprises. He is a Master Learner Autonomy coach and a 2007 winner of the Malcolm Knowles Memorial Self-directed Learning Award.

Assoc. Prof. Moniza Bt Abdullah

Associate Professor, Language Learning Academy, University Technology Mara, Machang, Kelantan, Malaysia

Moniza Abdullah is an associate professor in UiTM Campus Machang, Kelantan. She holds a Masters degree in applied linguistics from the University of Reading, U.K. She has been teaching English for more than thirty years, and has conducted research on the standard of English in rural schools and the teaching of mathematics and science in English.