Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
The two major purposes of the study included: (1) To determine learning projects data, to include: the number, nature, purpose, methods and resources used in planning and conducting, and the level of satisfaction experienced. (2) To relate the learning project findings to participants' readiness for self-directed learning;Data were collected from a random sample of 77 adults in the city of Ames, Iowa. Instruments used included Tough's Interview Schedule and Guglielmino's Self-Directed Learning Readiness scale;Highly self-directed learners conducted higher numbers of learning projects, self-fulfillment projects, and experienced higher level of satisfaction with their projects than low self-directed learners. A significant predictable statistical relationship was found between readiness for self-direction in learning and number of learning projects conducted in a year;The Self-Directed Learning Readiness Scale is valid. Adults' readiness for self-direction in learning does increase with advance education, to the point that prediction of readiness can be made. Finally, a negatively significant correlation was found between the number of obstacles perceived by adult learners and their readiness for self-direction in learning;In general, the findings of this study were consistent with results for similar investigations, and provided support for the idea that a large portion of adults' deliberate learning efforts occur outside the formal educational system.
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Awatif Mohamed Hassan
Hassan, Awatif Mohamed, "An investigation of the learning projects among adults of high and low readiness for self-direction in learning " (1981). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 6915.