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Improving Learning How to Learn

Classrooms, Schools and Networks, 1st Edition

By Mary James, Robert McCormick, Paul Black, Patrick Carmichael, Mary-Jane Drummond, Alison Fox, John MacBeath, Bethan Marshall, David Pedder, Richard Procter, Sue Swaffield, Joanna Swann, Dylan Wiliam


264 pages

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Learning how to learn is an essential preparation for lifelong learning. Whilst this is widely acknowledged by teachers, they have lacked a rich professional knowledge base from which they can teach their pupils how to learn.

This book makes a major contribution to the creation of such a professional knowledge base for teachers by building on previous work associated with ‘formative assessment’ or ‘assessment for learning’ which has a strong evidence base, and is now being promoted nationally and internationally. However, it adds an important new dimension by reporting the conditions within schools, and across networks of schools, that are conducive to the promotion, in classrooms, of learning how to learn as an extension of assessment for learning.

There is a companion book, Learning How to Learn in Classrooms: Tools for schools (also available from Routledge), which provides practical resources for those teachers looking to put into practice the principles covered in this book.


"The researchers explicitly invite others into the discussion of the role of assessment in helping students learn how to learn. They achieve this goal well and early on. Their text is refreshingly readable and an illustration of the pedagogy they propose."--Teaching Theology and Religion, April 2010, 183-184

Table of Contents

Part 1: What is the Issue? 1. Learning How to Learn through Assessment for Learning: Investigating Conditions of Effective Practice Part 2: What Does the Research Tell Us? 2. Patterns of Practice, Values and Outcomes across Schools and over Time: An Agenda for Inquiry 3. What Teachers Can Do to Help Pupils to Learn How to Learn 4. Characteristics of Schools in which Teachers Promote Learning How to Learn 5. Learning through Networks 6. Learning How to Learn across Classrooms, Schools and Networks 7. Developing Understanding of Learning, Learning How to Learn and Innovation across Levels Part 3: What are the Overall Implications? 8. Summary and Implications for Policy and Practice

About the Series

Improving Learning

The Improving Learning series showcases findings from projects within ESRC’s Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) – the UK’s largest ever coordinated educational research initiative. Each book is explicitly designed to support ‘evidence-informed’ decisions in educational practice and policy-making. In particular, they combine rigorous social and educational science with high awareness of the significance of the issues being researched.



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Secondary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
EDUCATION / Professional Development