What Is Self-Directed Education? An introductory illustration from Peter Gray and the Alliance for Self-Directed Education
Overview of Agile Learning Centers- Featuring our very own Director/Facilitator Rebekah Canu
Peter Gray: Mother Nature's Pedagogy: Insights from Evolutionary Psychology- Excellent summary of Evolutionary Psychologist Peter Gray's research on children’s ability to educate themselves.
The Crisis of an Outdated Paradigm Tomis, ALC Facilitator on the crisis created by our outdated educational paradigm.
The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us An articulate RSA Animate of Dan Pink’s famous talk.
Hackschooling Makes Me Happy A 13 year old homeschooler, Logan LaPlante, describes how he hacks his own education to create the life he wants for himself.
What If We Trusted You? A great talk by Jerry Michalski about how traditional schools are set up around the belief that children do not want to learn.
Do Schools Kill Creativity? Famous talk from Ken Robinson.
Exploring the Realm of Self-Directed Education Akilah S. Richards and Laura Kriegel from the Alliance for Self-Directed Education explain how free/democratic schools, learning centers, co-ops and more relate.
Changing Education Paradigms An RSA Animate of another great Ken Robinson talk on Education.
Freedom to Learn: Dr. Peter Gray's blog
Peter Gray is a professor in psychology, renowned child development expert, self-directed learning advocate, and the father of an SVS alum and staff member, Scott Gray.
Recommended articles by Peter Grey:
This must-read by the Alliance for Self-Directed Education reads like a blueprint for our school.
by Jerry Mintz of AERO–The Alternative Education Resource Organization on cues from your child’s behavior and emotions that indicate a bad fit with the school environment.
This essay really makes self-directed learning real. "How did you learn to use a computer? Did a friend help you? Did you read the manual? Did you just sit down and start playing around with it? Did you do a little bit of all of those things? Do you even remember? You just learned it, right?"
Videos, articles, and email discussions by founders, staff, students about the school experience and philosophy.
Well-built and researched study of history of compulsory education, and a persuasive call to arms for a self-directed education revolution. Formative in Wildwood’s founders' thinking.
Quite possibly the most concise and well-spoken thinker on self-directed education.
Legacy of Trust by Greenberg and Sadofsky
Comprehensive study with in-depth interviews of the first generations of Sudbury Valley alumni.
PLAY AND LEARNING
P. Gray. The special value of age-mixed play.
STUDENT INTEREST AND LEARNING
Ainley, Mary. 2012. “Students’ Interest and Engagement in Classroom Activities.” In Handbook of Research on Student Engagement, edited by S. L. Christenson, A. L. Reschly, and C. Wylie, 283–302. New York: Springer.
Harackiewicz, Judith M., and Chris S. Hulleman. 2010. “The Importance of Interest: The Role of Achievement Goals and Task Values in Promoting the Development of Interest.” Social and Personality Psychology Compass 4 (1). Blackwell Publishing Ltd: 42–52.
AUTONOMY AND LEARNING
Black, Aaron E., and Edward L. Deci. 2000. “The Effects of Instructors’ Autonomy Support and Students' Autonomous Motivation on Learning Organic Chemistry: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective.” Science Education 84 (6): 740.
Evans, Miriam, and Alyssa R. Boucher. 2015. “Optimizing the Power of Choice: Supporting Student Autonomy to Foster Motivation and Engagement in Learning.” Mind, Brain and Education: The Official Journal of the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society 9 (2): 87–91.
León, Jaime, Juan L. Núñez, and Jeffrey Liew. 2015. “Self-Determination and STEM Education: Effects of Autonomy, Motivation, and Self-Regulated Learning on High School Math Achievement.” Learning and Individual Differences 43 (October): 156–63.
P. Gray and D. Chanoff. Democratic schooling: What happens to young people who have charge of their own education?
D. Greenberg, M. Sadofsky, and J. Lempka. The Pursuit of Happiness: The Lives of Sudbury Valley Alumni.