The Impact of Education Reforms on Higher Education Student’s Autonomy (Georgia as a Case Study)

Adebayo Samuel Adedoyin

Abstract


Recently there has been a trend towards making higher education students’ learning autonomous in most parts of the world,
but the advantages of autonomy itself have not been harnessed to full capacity, which is limiting the abilities and capabilities
of higher education
students
(Saba, 2012; Moore, 1983; Xhaferi & Xhaferi, 2011).
This
article examines
the
concept of
students’
autonomy,
in
higher education systems. The
study focuses on the case of Georgian
higher education students who
experienced
a
sharp change
from
the soviet system
of learning to
reforms which encourage
students’
autonomy.
The
aim of

the
research is to discover the Georgian higher
education
students’
readiness for
student autonomy.
The
conclusion is
that
students
are only partially ready for more student autonomy,
especially such its form as distance learning.


Keywords


Student’s Autonomy, Higher Education, Education Reforms, Reflective Learning, Responsibility For One’s Learn- ing, Student Centered Approach, Teacher Centered Approach, Cognitive Abilities, Self-Assessment, E-Learning Management, Web Based Learning Tools

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