There is a wealth of information about Self-Directed Education available online. Listed on this resource page are a few references to get you started and to offer support through the paradigm shift from traditional education models to the Self-Directed Education framework.
Survey of Unschoolers is a series of reports by Peter Gray where he thoroughly investigates the impact of self-directed education
Back to Basics is a portion of a larger work that interrogates the fundamental purpose and need for schooling
What Is Self-Directed Education? An introductory illustration from Peter Gray and the Alliance for Self-Directed Education
Culture Hacking Education Eric Bear, a pioneer and missionary for Agile Learning Centers gives an invigorating TED Talk on the marvel of blending Agile tools and self-directed education.
Changing Education Paradigms An RSA Animate of another great Ken Robinson talk on Education.
The Crisis of an Outdated Paradigm Tomis, ALC Facilitator on the crisis created by our outdated educational paradigm.
The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us An articulate RSA Animate of Dan Pink’s famous talk.
Hackschooling Makes Me Happy A 13 year old homeschooler, Logan LaPlante, describes how he hacks his own education to create the life he wants for himself.
What If We Trusted You? A great talk by Jerry Michalski about how traditional schools are set up around the belief that children do not want to learn.
Do Schools Kill Creativity? Famous talk from Ken Robinson.
Exploring the Realm of Self-Directed Education Akilah S. Richards and Laura Kriegel from the Alliance for Self-Directed Education explain how unschooling, free/democratic schools, learning centers, co-ops and more relate.
Below we link to the main websites and blogs of prolific and notable scholars, educators, and practitioners who share their own perspectives, theories, and approaches to self-directed education.
Though there are several, these books have become somewhat canon and fundamental to starting and supporting someone on the deschooling path.
Free To Learn by Peter Gray
Summerhill by A.S. Neil
Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar by James Marcus Bach
The Art of Self-Directed Learning by Blake Boles
Free At Last by Daniel Greenburg