Learner Support System (LSS) for Self Directed Learning (SDL) at the Open University of Tanzania

Mavoa, Elias (2014) Learner Support System (LSS) for Self Directed Learning (SDL) at the Open University of Tanzania. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

The study explored how Leaner’s’ support services stimulate and sustain Self-directed Learning among students at Open University of Tanzania. The study analyzed the meaning students and lecturers attach to the concept on Learners’ support and Self-directed learning; and contribution of learners’ support to students’ learning experience. The study was conducted at Korogwe town and Tanga municipality in Tanga region. The sample composed of 50 respondents including 40 Open University of Tanzania students; 5 academic staff, 3 tutors and 2 non-academic staff at the Open University of Tanzania Tanga regional centre. The study employed simple random sampling techniques. Data were collected through interviews, observation and documentary review. Findings revealed that: Learners’ support services played a greater role in enhancing students’ Self-directed Learning. Lecturers and students had a notion of dependency in learning that dissolves self-directed learning behavior. Students had a correct description of self-directed learning such that learning is the learner’s responsibility. It was revealed further that learners’ support provided by the Open University of Tanzania did not satisfy students’ needs. Most learners did not have appropriate self-directed learning skills. The study recommends the following: The Open University of Tanzania should provide adequate and appropriate Learning support that should enhance SDL. Students and lecturers should be trained on SDL skills; increase number of lecturers and tutors at the Director of Regional Centres’ offices; and there should be display of proper organization of student support.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 370 Education
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Department of Educational foundations
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 12:35
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 12:35
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/536

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