one who exhibits initiative, independence, and persistence in learning; one who accepts responsibility for his or her own learning and views problems as challenges; one who is capable of self-discipline and has a high degree of curiosity; one who has a strong desire to learn or change and is self-confident; one who is able to use basic study skills, organize his or her time and set an appropriate pace for learning, and to develop a plan for completing work; one who enjoys learning and has a tendency to be goal-oriented.Practice-based learning and improvement lends itself to watching a learner over time, allowing for inference, over many episodes in which they demonstrate self-directed behaviors. These themes thread throughout the following milestones.2
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- Self Directed Learning: A Guide for Learners and Teachers.Associated Press, New York, NY1975
- Development of the Self Directed Learning Readiness Scale.([dissertation]) University of Georgia, Athens, Ga1977
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
Publication of this article was supported by the American Board of Pediatrics Foundation and the Association of Pediatric Program Directors.