The Relationship between Personal Epistemological Beliefs and Self-Directedness: Implications for Practice and for Institutional Change

By Carrie J. Boden, Jerry T. Smartt, Sherri Franklin-Guy and Rosalind R. Scudder.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper outlines the connections between the learner's epistemological beliefs and readiness for self-directed learning and evidences the implications for best practice.

Keywords: Self-Directed Learning, Self-Directed Learning Readiness Scale, Readiness to Learn, Epistemological Beliefs, Schommer Epistemological Beliefs Questionnaire, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Learning, Knowledge, Best Practice, Beliefs, Change

International Journal of Learning, Volume 12, Issue 10, pp.133-142. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 850.524KB).

Dr. Carrie J. Boden

Dr. Carrie J. Boden holds a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wichita State University and a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University. Her teaching interests include adult education, international education, world literature, and ESL, and her research has focused on the connections between epistemological beliefs and self-directedness. Dr. Boden co-coordinates a Sister Cities exchange program with La Salle University in Cancun, Mexico.

Dr. Jerry T. Smartt

Dr. Jerry T. Smartt is Director of Foreign Languages at Friends University. She also serves as Coordinator of the Study Abroad Program at LaSalle University, Cancun, Mexico. She has served as Chairperson of the International Sister Cities Program for Wichita, KS. She was recently elected President-elect of the Kansas World Language Association. Her teaching and research interests include linguistic repair behavior, second language acquisition/learning, and epistemological self-directedness.

Dr. Sherri Franklin-Guy

Dr. Franklin-Guy recently finished a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wichita State University, Kansas. She received a Master’s in Special Education with an emphasis in learning disabilities and has been a special education teacher at the secondary level in the Wichita, Kansas public schools. Her research interests include epistemological beliefs and self-esteem of secondary level students with learning disabilities.

Dr. Rosalind R. Scudder

Dr. Rosalind R. Scudder is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has served as President of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her research and teaching interests deal with children and adults with language disorders and university teaching pedagogy and student learning.

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