Entrust learners to take ownership of their learning
In a Learner Led environment, learners co-design their learning experiences; articulate their interests, strengths and needs; assess, monitor and reflect on their own progress; partner in setting their learning goals and plans; and advocate for support from teachers, peers, technology and other sources.
increase in skills among children who were taught self-monitoring over children who were not
The Journal of Experimental Education, 51(2), 89–93.
How Do Learner Led Experiences Help Students?
Still, teachers know they must strike a balance between giving students autonomy and supporting them to develop crucial skills and knowledge—because students need to feel confident and competent before taking greater control of their learning.
The Elements of Learner Led
“Feeling in control is insufficient if learners do not also value the outcome of their learning.”
Wigfield, A., & Cambria, J. (2010)
What Does the Research Say?
A disconnect between what is taught in school and what interests students drives a decrease in motivation and achievement, notably among boys. Thus, giving students more say in what they learn can play an important role in increasing motivation, attention and learning–even when the material is challenging.2
Student grades, attendance and conduct improve when they practice a learning technique where they imagine a desired future, think through potential challenges and then plot a course to surmount those challenges. However this practice is not widespread, so there have been no systematic reviews of personal development or learning plans.3
1. Learner Led Element #1
Co-design learning experiences
2. Learner Led Element #2
Articulate interests, strengths and needs
3. Learner Led Element #4
Partner in setting learning goals and plans