Understanding 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. 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. What would you choose to learn about if there were no restrictions?

The Oak Meadow Scale of Student Autonomy describes three main sub-skills that are characteristics of student autonomy: Self-Motivation, Independent Thought, and Self-Advocacy. Check out what you’re already good 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 student autonomy quiz 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 developed this innovative tool to measure student autonomy. Over the course of a year, we presented a survey of 50 questions to more than 650 students in grades 7–12 from a variety of educational settings. We then used statistical analysis to narrow the survey to 15 questions with three factors: Self-Motivation, Independent Thought, and Self-Advocacy. Read the Oak Meadow Scale Statistical Report.