Definition of self-directed in English:

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1(Of an emotion, statement, or activity) directed at oneself: she grimaces with a bitter self-directed humor
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  • Suppressed aggression toward others became self-directed aggression and self-punishment.
  • This type of humor has been perpetuated and modified in the literature to elaborate the self-directed humor of those who have transitioned from one mode of existence to another.
  • Indeed, if the analogy were pursued to its logical conclusion, we might well envision the phenomenon of self-directed humor of the oppressed as contributing to the perpetuation of the oppression.
1.1(Of an activity) under one’s own control: self-directed learning
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  • Each chapter includes numerous self-directed study activities that reinforce both active and passive learning.
  • The focus of the survey was to identify what self-directed learning activities were being used in their curriculum.
  • In adult learning orientation, learners are responsible for their own learning, and they use self-learning modules in self-directed study.
1.2(Of a person) showing initiative and the ability to organize oneself.
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  • At one end of the continuum were the self-directed people.
  • The benefits of a self-directed team were realized when the initial test efforts identified some hardware flaws.
  • It produces self-directed individuals who have learned how to acquire new skills without constant supervision or coercion.



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  • This exercise encourages critical thinking and promotes self-direction in planning for individual learning needs.
  • The fact that we value our independence must be the starting ground for creating conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, self-direction and self-initiated learning.
  • In fantasy, they get to feel the omnipotence, invulnerability, aggression and self-direction that real life makes so difficult.
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