Oak Meadow Scale of Student Autonomy – A Guide to Student Autonomy

What is student autonomy and why does it matter? First, the definition of autonomy: freedom from external control or influence; independence. So, simply put, an autonomous student takes charge of his or her learning! This sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? Rather than passively being told what to learn, how to learn, and what to do with what you’ve learned, autonomous learners take the reins and actively direct their own education by deciding what they want to learn about and how in depth to go. What would you choose to learn about if there were no restrictions?

The Oak Meadow Scale of Student Autonomy describes five main sub-skills that are characteristics of student autonomy: Self-Motivation, Independent Thought, Self-Advocacy, Decision Making, and Resilience. Check out what you are already great at, or see if there are areas that may need improvement. We can all use improvement, so don’t feel discouraged!

Are you in charge of your own education?

The Oak Meadow Scale of Student Autonomy will tell you how independent you are as a learner. Take this simple 15 question survey to find out how you compare to other students in 7th to 12th grade.

About the Oak Meadow Scale of Student Autonomy

Oak Meadow has developed an innovative tool with which to measure student autonomy. Over the last year we presented a survey of 50 questions to more than 650 students in grades 7–12 from diverse educational settings. We then used statistical analysis to narrow the survey to 15 questions with three factors: independent thought, self advocacy and learned helplessness. Read the Oak Meadow Scale Statistical Report.

What will I learn by taking this survey?

The Oak Meadow Scale is a self-reflective tool to help you evaluate your sense of independence and the ability to take charge of your own learning. The report will provide tips and strategies to help you become a more autonomous learner.

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