A Collaborative Research Effort in Self-Directed Learning
Secondary and Middle Grades Education
This article tells the story of how an effort to help a group of doctoral students find a way to complete their dissertation research evolved into something that has made it possible for a growing number of individuals to make contributions to scholarship in self-directed learning (SDL), way beyond the original intent of providing a dissertation support group. In 1997, Ralph Brockett found himself with an unusually large group of doctoral students in the doctoral program in Adult Education at the University of Tennessee nearing the dissertation stage of their programs. In an effort to try and manage this large advising load, he convened a meeting of his doctoral advisees in order to explore the possibility of starting a research group, focusing on SDL. An organizational meeting was held and about 15 interested graduate students attended.
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