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Self-direction (2020)

Lemmetty, S., & Collin, K. (2020). Self-direction. In V. P. Glăveanu (Ed.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible (pp. 1456-1462). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98390-5_147-1

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editors: Lemmetty, Soila; Collin, Kaija

Parent publication: The Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible

Parent publication editors: Glăveanu, Vlad Petre

ISBN: 978-3-030-90912-3

eISBN: 978-3-319-98390-5

Publication year: 2020

Publication date: 30/10/2020

Pages range: 1456-1462

Number of pages in the book: 1786

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Place of Publication: Cham

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98390-5_147-1

Publication open access: Not open

Publication channel open access: Channel is not openly available

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/73863

Additional information: Living reference work entry


Self-direction refers to an individual’s responsibility and active role in relation to their own activities. It has largely been considered from the perspective of the individual, with self-direction being seen as a characteristic of the person, a linear process, or a feature influenced by the factors surrounding the individual. It is understood as a positive activity that promotes creativity and learning. However, the possibilities for self-direction have been less explored. The theme of self-direction and its possibilities comprise a topical and important perspective in the research on self-direction.

Keywords: self-direction; learning; adult pedagogy; possibility

Free keywords: self-direction; self-directed learning; adult education; possibilities

Contributing organizations

Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

Preliminary JUFO rating: 3

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