Learning environment and self-directedness of TESL postgraduate students / Noor Atiqah Abdul Basitt

Abdul Basitt, Noor Atiqah (2014) Learning environment and self-directedness of TESL postgraduate students / Noor Atiqah Abdul Basitt. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi MARA.

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Abstract

The study is aimed to identify the characteristics of self-directedness as perceived by
postgraduate students, to investigate self-directedness among postgraduate students,
and to examine the extent to which learning environments influence
postgraduate students’ self-directedness. The study involves 20 semester 1 TESL postgraduate
full time students. In conducting the study, the mixed methods design is applied and three
sets of instruments are used - questionnaire, interviews, and classroom observations.
Interestingly, the study found that the respondents are self-directed and portfay the
characteristics of adult learners’ self-directedness. Among the characteristics of selfdirectedness
as perceived by the respondents are planning the learning, having
learning objectives, good time management, resourcefulness, and problem-solving and
decision making abilities. Nonetheless, sometimes the perceived characteristics are
negated by the respondents’ actions. Besides, the findings show that the learning
environments do influence the postgraduate learners’ self-directedness. It is hoped the
study would provide useful insights to improve the existing practice of teaching and
learning, employers, and the learners. It is also recommended that the learners
be mentally prepared for postgraduates expectations, and the lecturers apply a variety of
teaching practices to adapt to the various characteristics of self-directedness.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
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Abdul Basitt, Noor Atiqah
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Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching (Principles and practice)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Learning. Learning strategies > Malaysia
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Education
Item ID: 14917
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-directedness; Postgraduate students; Teaching practices
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/14917

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