Fostering Learner Autonomy in Higher Education through Coaching and Mentoring for Non-Traditional Learners

Keywords: Autonomy, Higher Education, Learner-Autonomy, Coaching, Mentoring, Non-Traditional, Students, Widening Participation

Abstract

This article considers the potential ways for coaching and mentoring practices in higher education to support the development of learner autonomy, a key espoused aim of university education. I argue that coaching and mentoring can foster self-regulated learning, critical thinking, and goal-setting among students, empowering them to take greater responsibility for their learning, and that higher education institutions should make greater use of coaching and mentoring practises, particularly for non-traditional learners[what in the UK are identified as ‘widening participation’ students]. The aim is to stimulate reflection and discussion among higher education practitioners.

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2023-09-01
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Holmes, A. G. D. (2023). Fostering Learner Autonomy in Higher Education through Coaching and Mentoring for Non-Traditional Learners. Shanlax International Journal of Education, 11(4), 69-76. https://doi.org/10.34293/education.v11i4.6185
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