This research study was conducted on a group of higher education learners that participated in a student-driven learning course. As previously stated I also took this type of course during graduate school and it really was my favorite course because I could design my learning around what I felt would be most valuable as a future educator.
This is another great resource which contains 5 links to 5 different templates that students can use to plan their student-directed projects. One in specific that I loved was the "learning contract" link. I feel like this could be adapted for all grade levels and provides purpose for students for completing their assignments.
Google Docs, in my opinion, is one of the greatest technological advances of our time! This article discusses how to create menu boards (activities that fit into the standard that the student can pick and choose which to complete) in Google docs and successfully implement them into the classroom. Great resource!
This is a research article completed by Florida A&M University (the PDF is free) which talks about the different reasons student directed learning may or may not be successful. One of the biggest focuses in this article is on the struggle of students who do need direction from a teacher that is a non-directive educator.
This YouTube video also talks about the pros and cons of both types of instruction. It also makes the suggestion that combining both of these methods could potentially benefit students the most, and provides suggestions on how to merge these ideals.
Concordia Online displays some of the pros and cons of both teacher-centered and student-centered instruction. The majority of the pros in the classroom for teacher-centered instruction are based upon the fact that the classroom is much easier to manage. I have extremely strong classroom behavioral- management skills and I will admit at times that student-directed learning projects can make the classroom chaotic.
This article starts off by restating a real life example of student-directed learning that the author witnessed as a student teacher. Student-directed learning allows students to become personally involved in their education, and also builds confidence as it fosters problem solving skills.