An Evaluation of the Learning Effectiveness of Self-Directed Learning in a PGDE Programme

Dr Tammy Kwan,
Francis Lopez-Real
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A restructured programme for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) was introduced in September 2004 in the University of Hong Kong. This is intended to empower student teachers to become autonomous, reflective, self-directed professionals by the introduction of several new initiatives, of which self-directed learning is one of the most significant. An evaluation study was conducted to find out how student teachers have benefited from the self-directed learning sessions to reveal the extent that they are able to (1) effectively integrate theory with practice; (2) engage in constructive self-directed learning and sharing; (3) be empowered to become an autonomous reflective professional; and (4) develop their personal teaching philosophy. Three forms of primary data were collected to address the four evaluation objectives. They included questionnaire survey, volunteered video-taped recorded SDL session and focus group audio recorded interview. This paper reports on the initial finding of this evaluative study.

Keywords: Teacher Education, Self Directed Learning, Professional Development, Professional Empowerment, Learning Effectiveness
Stream: Adult, Vocational, Tertiary and Professional Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr Tammy Kwan

Associate Professor, Policy, Administrative and Social Science Education Division Faculty of Education , The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Tammy Kwan is Associate Professor in the Policy, Administrative and Social Science Division in the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong which she first joined in 1983. Between 1992-97, she was a lecturer at the School of Professional Studies, Queensland University of Technology, responsible for social, geographical and environmental education. She has a strong commitment to action research as a means to improve teachers' professional development and personal growth. She rejoined the University of Hong Kong in 1998 and is now Programme Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education of the Faculty.

Francis Lopez-Real

Associate Professor, Science, Mathematics and Computing Division Faculty of Education , The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

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