Initial Project Summary
This research and development project aimed to advance both understanding
and practice of learning how to learn in classrooms, schools and
networks. More specifically it aimed to:
- Develop and extend recent work on formative assessment (assessment
for learning) into a model of learning how to learn for both teachers
- Investigate what teachers can do to help pupils to learn how
- Investigate what characterises the school in which teachers
successfully create and manage the knowledge and skills of learning
how to learn.
- Investigate how educational networks, including electronic networks,
can support the creation, management and transfer of the knowledge
and skills of learning how to learn.
- Attempt to develop a generic model of innovation in teaching
and learning that integrates work in classrooms, schools and networks.
The four year project involved four universities, Cambridge, Reading,
The Open University and King's College, London, working in partnership
with schools in five LEAs (Oxford, Medway, Hertfordshire, Redbridge
and Essex) and two Virtual Education Action Zones. Development work
was monitored and changes in learning processes and outcomes
were measured using both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Accounts of the relationships between interventions and outcomes
were developed using a theorised audit trail approach.