Self-Directed and Self-Regulated Learning: Conceptual Links

  • Jane Pilling-Cormick Burlington, Ontario
  • D. Randy Garrison University of Calgary


This paper explores links between the concepts and models of self-directed and self-regulated learning. The focus is on the covert (person) and overt (behaviour and environment) aspects that link the fields of self-directed and self-regulated learning. Ways in which each of these areas of study address the private and shared worlds of the learner emerge. The exploration of these connections suggests a comprehensive and coherent perspective and should provide a basis for future research. The practical implications of a coherent perspective are also explored.