Self Directed Learning


Grow’s Staged Self Directed Learning (SSDL) model is an offspring of the situational leadership model.  Situational leadership is a model of leadership that moves the individual or group fromdependency to self-direction, and is often used in business settings.  The learner has certain roles they move through in their maturation as a learner.  The instructor also follows the progress of the learner and changes their role as the learner changes the way they interact with the subject.   The end goal is a self-directing and self-managing worker. 

Like the situational leadership model, Grow’s SSDL helps the learner move from a guided and directed learning style toward an independent and self-directed form of learning.  The premise of this model is that: the goal of education is to develop self-directed – life long learners.  One might be self-directed in one subject and need direction in another.  As the learner gains experience, they can apply these new skills to new learning situation.

Often old learning habits must be unlearned and new habits incorporated into the learner's repertoire.  Often motivation is a key determinant in which habits are enforced. 

There are four stages proposed by Grow:

I the first stage the learner is dependant on the instructor.  The instructor acts as a coach and the disseminator of the subject matter.  In the second stage the student is interested in the subject and the instructor acts as a motivator or guide.  In the third stage the student is very involved in the learning and the instructor acts as a facilitator.  In the fourth stage the student is self-directed and the instructor acts as a consultant or delegater

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Last modified: May 04, 2007