Check out this chapter on self-directed learning by Dr. Stephen D. Brookfield in the International handbook of education for the changing world of work.
The excerpt below highlights an important area of inquiry for the Institute for Self-Directed Learning:
"...in self-directed learning all decisions...
What is self-directed learning in the Experience Age?
How can teachers and schools support self-directed learning?
How can personal learning networks be leveraged to advance self-directed learning opportunities?
What tools and methods best enable us to study self-directed learning?
These are just some of the questions we will consider at...