Week 2 – The Personal Learning Space

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I never teach my pupils.  I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.’ (Albert Einstein)

As learners, we are all in charge of our own learning destiny!  What an empowering notion.  Knowles introduces the idea of ‘Proactive Learners’, learners whose level of motivation and self-efficacy enables them to become enthused, purposeful learners who see a link between their new-found knowledge and its usefulness in improving their lives or the lives of those around them.

In the Article on self-directed learning Knowles cites 3 main reasons why proactive learners learn more than reactive learners.  Firstly, they enter learning with purpose and motivation and retain and use learned skills and knowledge for longer.  Secondly, as we mature we naturally take more responsibility for our lives and in turn for our learning.  Thirdly, that new age education expects students to take responsibility for their own learning – and therefore we need to take the initiative for our own learning and development and not leave it up to those teaching us.

I could relate to the article about the importance of self-efficacy, self-efficacy being a belief in your own ability and how it plays a role in your ability to achieve your goals.  In the article, Cherry discusses how self-efficacy plays a massive role in our lives through impacting how we think and act, the decisions we make and how we feel about ourselves (eg. are we worthwhile, are our contributions valuable etc)

Decisions about what we should do with our lives and how we go about achieving these goals are affected by how strong we believe in ourselves and our ability to get things done.



Pew, S. (2007). Andragogy and Pedagogy as Foundational Theory for Student Motivation in Higher Education.Student Motivation, 2, 17-18.

Smith, M. (1996). Self-direction in learning. Retrieved from http://infed.org/mobi/self-direction-in-learning/

Cherry, K. (2017). Self Efficacy: Why Believing in Yourself Matters. Retrieved fromhttps://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-self-efficacy-2795954

Pappas, P. (2010). The Reflective Student: A Taxonomy of Reflection (Part 2). Retrieved fromhttp://peterpappas.com/2010/01/reflective-student-taxonomy-reflection-.html

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