Working Paper — Self-Learning: Concepts, Principles and Strategies

This research is published with support from Bank of America and Fossil Foundation.


We released a working paper titled Self-Learning: Concepts, Principles and Strategies on June 11th, 2021. The paper encourages nurturing a self-learning mindset, as a potential way forward to close the gap between the aims of education and what is practiced.

We interviewed educators, learners, and practitioners, compiled our learnings from the last few years, and published this paper with an aim to shift the way learning is approached in the Indian context.

The COVID-19 pandemic has unraveled a lot of challenges, especially for learners and educators alike. As the full impact of the pandemic continues to unfold, the undeniable fact is that this global crisis has challenged age-old, entrenched ideas about classrooms, the role of educators, and traditional methods of learning.

This paper curates existing understanding of self-learning in the Indian context, explores some of the foundational principles and values that define self-learning, and identifies ways in which individuals and organizations follow their self-learning pathways.

Through this working paper, we aim to find collaborators who could join in enabling self-learning pathways for learners and equip them with the skills, attitude, and knowledge to be future-ready.

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Aakash Sethi

CEO, Quest Alliance

“This study explores Self-learning as an answer to India’s learning challenges, especially in rural areas. We believe that adapting the concept of Self-learning in their communities and learning spaces will help in designing experiences and mindsets where an individual looks at every opportunity as a learning opportunity – as an aspect of building a learning identity.”