Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK
It is education that makes a nation live in a free, independent, glorious, high society; or leave to bondage and misery.

In my previous blog post, I mentioned that the current education system is based on a horizontal approach, but uniaxial understanding is insufficient. There had been discussions about another education system that had both horizontal and vertical axes instead of the uniaxial education system. However, in order to move to a vertical axis education system, there is a need for a learning-teaching approach that is different from a horizontal axis teacher-centered learning-teaching approach.

In the system, which is formed based on the current horizontal axis learning understanding, a different stance should be passed from the realization of learning depending on certain compulsions or conditions. In order to realize the learning in line with the learner’s own learning skill, learning speed and desire, the vertical axis system must be included in the existing system. In order for the education system to work on a vertical basis, the responsibility of learning should be on the learner in order to develop the individual’s learning skills and reveal the learning potential. These skills related to learning required for the vertical axis are skills that are not foreseen and desired in the horizontal axis system.

Learning in a vertical axis system takes place through the process of gaining Self-Directed Learning Skills, which consists of three stages, such as gaining awareness about their own learning skills, developing self-learning skills and taking responsibility for learning. An individual who completes the three stages involved in the Self-Directed Learning process will transform into a “Self-Directed Learning Individual” and become a lifelong learner who can take responsibility for his own learning. Learning responsibility, Self-Directed Learning and gaining awareness about one’s own learning skills are the main features of the vertical axis system. For this reason, there is a strong relationship between the vertical axis system and Self-Directed Learning Skills.

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