Managing Self-instructed Learning within the IS Curriculum: Teaching Learners to Learn

Felix Tan, Hazel Chan
1998 Informing Science  
M Ma an na ag gi in ng g S Se el lf f--i in ns st tr ru uc ct te ed d L Le ea ar rn ni in ng g w wi it th hi in n t th he e I IS S C Cu ur rr ri ic cu ul lu um m: : T Te ea ac ch hi in ng g L Le ea ar rn ne er rs s t to o L Le ea ar rn n ABSTRACT A significant number of students are enrolled in introductory level information systems courses at New Zealand universities. Some of these institutions require their students to acquire their applications software skills in a self-instructional mode of
more » ... learning. Most of these students have only experienced teacher-directed learning and when placed in a self-instructional environment may have very limited strategies in their learning. The purpose of this study is to determine if teaching "learners to learn" enhances the acquisition of application software skills. This study considers some of the literature on self-instruction and learner autonomy. The experiment compares two groups of students in self-instructional mode of learning. The control group works independently and the treatment group attends classes that teach the students to manage their own learning. The treatment group is consistent in averaging higher scores demonstrating an overall enhanced learning outcome. This paper challenges IS educators to include learning strategies in courses that require self-instruction. An introduction to working within a new framework should be built in as part of the course. This can prove to be need fulfilling to learners unfamiliar with self-instruction.
doi:10.28945/608 fatcat:rgyul224infbnhcwu5vd7atwfa