Document Type


Publication Date

June 1991


Doctoral dissertation.


The purpose of this study is to investigate self-directed learning readiness (SDLR) in medical students at The Ohio State University. Questions to be addressed include, do the independent study students have higher SDLR scores than the lecture-discussion students, and to SDLR scores differ between the class years for the first three years of coursework? The first year of medical schools is identified as Med I, the second as Med II and the third as Med III. Self-directed learning (also referred to as: self-instruction, autonomous learning, independent learning, independent study, self-study (Guglielmino, 1977)) is defined by Griffin as a learning situation “which allows a student to develop personal competencies through experiences as an individual but in interaction with others when needed” (Griffin, 1965, p.2). Self-directed learning readiness will be measured by the Self-Directed Learning Readiness Scale (Guglielmino, 1977).