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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Michael K. Freeman
Michael K. Freeman
Scot M. Allgood
J. Spencer Clark
Steven O. Laing
Susan A. Turner
In 2012, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion (S&I), a division of The Church Educational System of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, introduced a self-directed professional development program that allowed educators to obtain two certification credentials by completing 12 certification projects per credential. The purpose of this study was to obtain an understanding of the experiences of seven S&I educators with self-directed learning in doing certification projects.
Personal and contextual factors influenced how self-directed learning for purposes of professional development was experienced by the participants in this study. Understanding program requirements, expectations, and processes, and possessing sufficient motivation and justification, facilitated their involvement in this form of self-directed learning. Their experiences indicated that collaborative learning can be used in self-directed learning and can lead to improved learning and practice-related outcomes; and self-directed learning for purposes of professional development can result in meaningful learning experiences, changes in instructional practice, and perceived professional growth, especially when aligned with compelling professional learning needs and interests.
Porter, Brandon D., "Religious Educators' Experiences With Self-Directed Learning in Professional Development: A Qualitative Study" (2014). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations, Spring 1920 to Summer 2023. 3705.
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