Self-directed learning: preparing students for lifelong learning
CPD is likely to be an important element of the revalidation process. Engaging in self-directed learning as an undergraduate student will help individuals develop the relevant skills to direct their own future learning within the CPD framework.
Three self-directed learning units were introduced to the Level 4 Pharmacotherapy Module of the MPharm programme at Queen‟s University Belfast.
A short questionnaire was administered to students to determine the extent to which they had engaged in self-directed learning and the value of this learning. Fifty seven percent of students had engaged in the self-directed learning and reported positively regarding the experience. The remaining 43% who failed to engage did not view self-directed learning as a priority.
To ensure that graduates are produced who are capable of engaging in self-directed learning and thus CPD, self-directed learning should be introduced at an earlier level in the undergraduate curriculum.
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