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Towards self‐direction in study methods: The ways in which new students learn to study part‐time


Li, N and Lee, K and Kember, D, Towards self‐direction in study methods: The ways in which new students learn to study part‐time, Distance Education, 21, (1) pp. 6-28. ISSN 0158-7919 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/0158791000210102


This study examined the ways in which new students attempt to adjust to part‐time study. Data were gathered through interviews with 53 students enrolled in part‐time courses in Hong Kong. It was found that the data could be interpreted in terms of the construct of self‐direction. The novice students showed a surprising degree of determination towards personal autonomy. When it came to self‐management in learning, those least equipped for self‐management were the ones tending to show the greatest difficulties in part‐time study. Some students were able to find help from teaching staff, fellow students or friends in developing self‐direction. It would appear, though, that universities could do more to help students develop self‐managed learning capabilities, and if they did so would ease the transition towards becoming a successful part‐time student.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kember, D (Professor David Kember)
ID Code:130006
Year Published:2000
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-01-04
Last Modified:2019-01-04

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