Your Name and Title: Luba Vangelova

Co-Presenter Name(s):

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Washington, DC, United States

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Parents, educators, and anyone else with an interest in learning about different educational approaches


Short Session Description (one line): This session will introduce people to the concept of self-directed learning, and the different settings and ways in which it can be applied.


Full Session Description (as long as you would like): Self-directed learning -- education driven by what the student wants to learn -- is a concept that has been gaining favor. It is being practiced, in different forms and to different degrees, in a wide range of settings, including: select classrooms in conventional schools; independent school-within-a-school programs; homes; community learning hubs; homeschool resource centers; and various types of "alternative" schools.

This session will address the following questions: How does self-directed learning differ from conventional education? Why do some parents and educators prefer this approach? Is self-directed learning for everyone? How have self-directed learners fared later in life (including in college and in the career arena)? How are the parents' and educators' roles different in a self-directed learning environment? How does this type of learning affect students' relationships with family members and people within the broader community? What are the range of ways that self-directed learning can be practiced in institutions, in informal groups, and/or in homes? What are the necessary ingredients to success?

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/author/luba/, www.AlternativesToSchool.com

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