Learning How to Learn: Basic Skills, Making Connections, and Self-Direction

Dan Boisvert, William Garcia, Jason Giersch, Jamie Strickland, Beth Elise Whitaker


As teachers, we often cite that one of our most important course objectives is teaching our students to “learn how to learn” (Fink, 37). However, there are different kinds of goals we associate with learning how to learn: learning basic academic skills, learning to inquire and construct knowledge, and learning how to be a self-directed learner. In this chapter, we describe each of these distinct goals and offer a number of suggestions for accomplishing each of them.

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