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ERIC Number: EJ899941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Learning to Learn
Roberts, Dominic
Adults Learning, v21 n6 p19 Feb 2010
Everyone learns in a different way--for some, learning comes naturally, but for others it can be a real struggle. Many negative experiences of education are a result of individuals not knowing how they learn most effectively, or believing that they do not have the capacity to learn well. Addressing the issues of how individuals learn can help learners to get motivated to learn, to develop their capacity to learn and to enjoy and value the experience of learning. It can also help learners understand previous bad experiences of education in terms other than of personal failure. The principle of looking at the process of learning, rather than just the outcome, is referred to as "learning to learn". Learning-to-learn approaches aim to give learners the confidence to try something new, the ability to undertake independent learning and the ability to learn from others and work collaboratively. Introducing learning to learn practice throughout the further education (FE) sector, as well as enabling better engagement with those learners who have had negative learning experiences, can offer opportunities for further studies and skills development in an accessible and engaging format. Whilst it is not practical to develop a completely personalised learning programme to be of maximum benefit to all individuals, the author argues that giving students the skills to be independent learners can give each individual a responsibility to develop their learning in a way that suits them. In being able to identify their own needs and resources, implementing plans and evaluating outcomes, learners can gain a sense of control over their education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom