Stewart Hase

Dr Stewart Hase has always been a believer in human agency, and he first realised that people have agency over their own learning while watching nurses learn at work in the 1970s. As an educator, he started experimenting with learner agency by providing nurses with the opportunity to negotiate their own learning within a very structured curriculum. The experiments continued on into higher education in both face-to-face and distance education, and in professional development programs in workplaces as a consultant for many years. Finally in 2000, Stewart and Chris Kenyon put a name to a set of principles and practices that put the learner at the centre of the learning process and called it heutagogy, or self-determined learning. Now an independent scholar, consultant and psychologist in clinical practice, Stewart is semi-retired and lives in a small fishing village in the north coast of NSW, Australia. In between traveling, painting, writing, fishing, golfing, and grandchildren, Stewart still seeks to better understand how people learn.

Publications and Content by Stewart Hase

Unleashing the Power of Learner Agency