The single biggest factor in learner success is a learners ability to self-regulate their learning. It is the exact opposite to 'learned helplessness' that you should read about here. Learn about it, understand it, and you will become a better educator.
Of course, self-regulated learning (SRL) is not easy to develop in learners particularly learners who have been beaten around by the educational sector. Also SRL can be broken down into many sub-skills and dispositions that are generally developed separately but used cohesively.
I used to think that SRL was the secret to developing the potential of adult learners with problematic learning histories. I used to think it was the answer to the literacy and numeracy problem. No more embedded ELN, no more literacy or numeracy provision - just SRL.
I now realise that sitting below SRL are belief systems that dictate SRL - beliefs are the mainspring of downstream effects.
Can you even change learner beliefs...?ReplyDelete
What's the solution...?ReplyDelete
Sustained changed seems pretty difficult to establish. BUT, if you can begin to change them the entire learning picture changes for the learner and all the other positive factors have a chance of kicking in. The solution will take work. Perhaps as much as the whole ELN approach with it's multi-pronged strategies.ReplyDelete
I'll do a post.