Lemmetty, Soila; Collin, Kaija (2020). Self-direction. In Glăveanu, Vlad Petre (Eds.) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible (. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-98390-5_147-1
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Self-direction refers to an individual’s responsibility and active role in relation to their own activities. It has largely been considered from the perspective of the individual, with self-direction being seen as a characteristic of the person, a linear process, or a feature influenced by the factors surrounding the individual. It is understood as a positive activity that promotes creativity and learning. However, the possibilities for self-direction have been less explored. The theme of self-direction and its possibilities comprise a topical and important perspective in the research on self-direction.