Self-directed Learning and Classroom Discussion Program Self-directed learning has been increasingly advocated in the field of education in recent years. The concept of self-directed learning is premised on the notion that “each child basically possesses the ability to pursue his [or her] own education, that with support, encouragement, and an increased feeling of self-worth he [or she] can move in a positive direction…” ( Bartel , 1971, p. 247). Along the same vein, one of the most useful, yet undervalued teaching tool is the use of classroom discussion. It has been argued that classroom discussion emphasizes “focus on active learning, critically thinking, and cooperative inquiry” ( Bruss , 2009, p. 28). As such, the present paper will...The end:
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