Learning: What is it, and how might we catalyse it?

Peps Mccrea


Learning: What is it, and how might we catalyse it? by our Senior Associate Dean, Peps Mccrea, has been produced to share our thinking, guide our programmes, and stimulate discussion around the nature of learning and teaching.

The paper endeavours to provide a coherent, high-level overview of the domain – organised around nine insights, with a taste of the implications of these insights for our classrooms.

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Insight 1: Learning is a persistent change in knowledge
Insight 2: Some things are easier to learn than others
Insight 3: What we attend to is what we learn
Insight 4: We can only attend to a few things at once
Insight 5: What we know determines what we can learn
Insight 6: We attend to things we value
Insight 7: We learn by gradually elaborating on what we know
Insight 8: Understanding arises through connection
Insight 9: Fluency arises through consolidation

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This article originally appeared on the website of the Institute for Teaching. In March 2019 the Institute for Teaching merged with Ambition School Leadership to form Ambition Institute.

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