There is a stereotype viewing Asian students as passive learners and dependent on teachers’ instruction. Regarding this issue, this study attempts to address the Indonesian high school students’ attitudes on whether they have initiative and be responsible for their own learning out of the classroom and if so, why. Therefore, 30 high school students were asked to fill out the questionnaires and interviewed in order to figure out their attitudes towards self-directed learning in learning English beyond the classroom. The descriptive qualitative research analysis adapted Knowles’s theory (1975) about Self-directed learning (SDL) to analyze the data. The findings showed that the students have a potential to possess self-directed learning through ICT but they have difficulties in doing self-assessment and conducting self-reflection. Therefore, this study supports the teacher to promote self-directed learning instruction for EFL successful learning by assisting students in dealing with those aforementioned problems. Furthermore, it is expected to be a beneficial reference which gives new insights on the self-directed learning practice in a specific context.
Silmy Arizatul Humaira', Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (Indonesia University of Education), Indonesia
Stream: Autonomy and self-regulation
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