Annals of Educational Research and Reviews

Exploring the impacts of self-directed learning approach among Polytechnic Mechanical Engineering students

Abstract


Rajes K.M. Rajan

Self-Directed Learning (SDL) is an independent learning approach that develops students??? learning
skills and professional skills through teaching and learning process. To embrace the SDL approach, the
Department of Polytechnics has developed Curriculum Information Document Online System (CIDOS)
as an online learning platform. Hence, the aim of this research is to study the impacts of SDL approach
among polytechnic Mechanical Engineering students in their learning. This study targeted total 82
students from Material Science and Engineering Management classes. And the study, produced mixed
findings reporting that students believed that their learning attributes, initiative, control and, selfefficacy
have enhanced through SDL. However, the students have issues on motivation since a large
number of them reported that they do not know what they are doing in their learning. The validity and
reliability test confirmed that the survey instrument is reliable with Croanbach Alpha more than 0.70
whereas One-Sample T-Test proved that all hypotheses were considered significant, p ?? 0.005. This
study is expected to help educators to improve highlighted elements that need attention in SDL
approach via CIDOS.

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