Self-Directed Learning research: An imperative for transforming the educational landscape

Volume editor
Elsa Mentz
Volume editor
Izak Oosthuizen


This book will benefit specialists in the field of education sciences and represents significant progress in knowledge production. The content focuses on the theory behind self-directed learning. It explores strategies such as cooperative learning, problem-based learning, case-based teaching and large-group teaching that enhance self-directed learning and the use of blended learning in a self-directed learning environment. The book demonstrates how self-directed learning can be enhanced in mathematics, computer science and life-science education through the use of student tutors for geography. Digital technology could, for example, be used innovatively in education in isiZulu folk poetry.

In a rapidly changing knowledge production environment, this book responds to the challenge of equipping learners with the necessary skills to take responsibility for their own learning. The book presents innovative teaching and learning strategies for meeting the changing educational demands. Group activities, the responsibilities of learners and the obstacles that hinder their learning are analysed, and how educators can support them is discussed. Educational values such as mutual trust are discussed, and self-directed assessment is explored.

This is a timely collective work authored by experts subscribing to the self-directed learning approach.


  • Chapter 1
    The feasibility of grafting self-directed learning theory onto the capability theory
    Johannes (Hannes) L van der Walt
  • Chapter 2
    The affordances of case-based teaching for self-directed learning: A case study with firstyear student teachers
    Josef de Beer, Sarah Gravett
  • Chapter 3
    Students’ accountability and responsibility in problem-based learning: Enhancing self-directed learning
    Marietjie Havenga
  • Chapter 4
    Student support through cooperative base groups and its contribution to the development of selfdirected learning skills
    Anitia Lubbe, Elsa Mentz, Neal Petersen
  • Chapter 5
    A self-directed learning approach to large-group teaching: An evaluation
    HJ (Hennie) Steyn, Johannes (Hannes) L van der Walt, Charl Wolhuter
  • Chapter 6
    Geography student tutors’ facilitative skills in a problem-based learning environment
    Aubrey Golightly
  • Chapter 7
    The enactment of problembased approaches in preservice mathematics and the levels of performance of teacher students in problem projects
    Judah P Makonye
  • Chapter 8
    Pre-service teacher students’ expectations of self-directed learning in an undergraduate blendedlearning course
    Adri du Toit, Jessica Pool
  • Chapter 9
    Academic writing supported by digital technologies and the INcwadi-Mkhaphi (bookguide) in isiZulu folk-poetry education
    Thabisile Buthelezi, Paulinah Phahamane


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