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Learning How to Learn

Tools for Schools, 1st Edition

Edited by Mary James, Paul Black, Patrick Carmichael, Colin Conner, Peter Dudley, Alison Fox, David Frost, Leslie Honour, John MacBeath, Bethan Marshall, Robert McCormick, David Pedder, Richard Procter, Sue Swaffield, DYLAN WILIAM


112 pages

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Paperback: 9780415400268
pub: 2006-10-12
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Learning how to learn is an essential preparation for lifelong learning. This book offers a set of in-service resources to help teachers develop new classroom practices informed by sound research. It builds on previous work associated with ‘formative assessment’ or ‘assessment for learning’. However, it adds an important new dimension by taking account of the conditions within schools that are conducive to the promotion, in classrooms, of learning how to learn as an extension of assessment for learning. Among the materials included you will find:

  • an introductory in-service session
  • self-evaluation questionnaires
  • an action planning activity
  • workshops
  • tools for school development
  • a network mapping activity
  • guidance about different ways of using the resources
  • teachers descriptions of ways they have used of adapted them
  • references to further information and advice.

In addition, there is a support website and examples of how individual schools have used or adapted these materials to maximize their benefits.


'[This book] contains a set of extremely important, well researched and well tested in-service resources for primary and secondary school teachers on learning how to learn through assessment for learning…The book is strongly recommended for any teachers interested in improving their pupils' motivation, cooperation and understanding in the classroom. The writing is clear and jargon-free, the book's purpose and structure are always self-evident, and its four parts are packed with ideas, facts, examples, materials and workshop actiivities.' - British Journal of Educational Technology

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. How to Use the Book 3. Introductory Materials 4. Pupil Perceptions: Finding Out about Pupils’ Beliefs about Learning 5. Self-Evaluation Questionnaires 6. Activities 7. Workshops on Practical Classroom Strategies and Underlying Conceptions of Learning 8. Activities for Teacher and School Development 9. Exploring Networking: Activity to Map and Explore Networking 10. Sources of Other Ideas – Annotated Reference Section

About the Series

Improving Practice (TLRP)

Books in the Improving Practice series present tried-and-tested advice to encourage and support teachers in exploring new ways of enhancing learning experiences and improving educational outcomes of all sorts. Each book is eminently practical yet underpinned by research from the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP), the UK’s largest ever coordinated education enquiry.

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Subject Categories

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