E ISSN: 2583-049X

International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research and Studies

Volume 3, Issue 6, 2023

Unraveling the Distinctions between Self-Directed Learning and Self-Regulated Learning

Author(s): Rasulova Mahbuba


This article explores and dissects the distinctions between self-directed learning (SDL) and self-regulated learning (SRL), shedding light on their unique characteristics and interconnections within the realm of education. While both concepts are often used interchangeably, a comprehensive analysis reveals nuanced differences in their definitions, processes, and implications for learners. Self-directed learning emphasizes the learner's autonomy and initiative in choosing the content and methods of learning, highlighting a more open-ended and learner-driven approach. On the other hand, self-regulated learning involves a strategic and goal-oriented process where learners actively monitor, control, and regulate their cognitive, metacognitive, and motivational processes to achieve desired learning outcomes.

This article synthesizes existing literature, theoretical frameworks, and empirical studies to provide a clearer understanding of the distinctions between SDL and SRL. By unraveling these conceptual intricacies, educators, researchers, and practitioners gain insights into designing effective instructional strategies that cater to the diverse needs and preferences of learners. Ultimately, this exploration contributes to the ongoing discourse on fostering independent and effective learning practices in various educational settings.

Keywords: Self-Directed Learning, Self-Regulated Learning, Autonomy, Initiative, Educational Psychology, Learner-Driven Approach, Metacognition, Instructional Strategies, Independent Learning, Educational Practices

Pages: 1549-1552

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