Autonomous Learning

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Autonomous Learning

Teaching is a day to day act that can be done in many different ways. One of the ways is the autonomous learning way. Some people call it "independent learning" but "autonomous learning" is a better term due to the confusion that occurs because of the word "independent" which means "free" so people think it is the idea of learning sole handedly without the help of teachers. Autonomous learning basically depends on the freedom of learning and the environment around the student. In this essay the discussion will be about the definition of autonomous learning, how to maintain the teacher student relationship and how information technology can be applied in education to support the learning environment for students. Autonomous learning is a recent learning theory that depends on the theory of constructivism. The theory of constructivism is used to give explanation on how knowledge is built in the human being when information makes contact with existing knowledge that comes from experiences. Autonomous learning is the ability to develop, arrange and control learning activities. Autonomous learning has been an essential characteristic of the philosophy of education literature over the past forty years. One should be self-aware and have the ability to plan and manage own learning to be an autonomous learner. Critical thinking or the ability to formulate your own questions is also a major characteristic of an autonomous learner. "Because of the complexity and rapidity of change in our highly technological societies it is important to help our learners develop the attitude that learning is a life-long process and to acquire the skill of self-directed learning" (Knowles, 1976: p.23, cited in Wenden, 1987: p.9). The teacher-student relationship is one of the most important aspects of autonomous learning. As mentioned before autonomous learning does not mean learning alone, teachers are essential in autonomous learning. Teachers have a...
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