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Dr Mary James,
University of Cambridge

Prof Robert McCormick,
Open University


What the project aims to do

This research and development project aims to advance both understanding and practice of learning how to learn in classrooms, schools and networks. More specifically it will:

  • Develop and extend recent work on formative assessment (assessment for learning) into a model of learning how to learn for both teachers and pupils.

  • Investigate what teachers can do to help pupils to learn how to learn.

  • 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 involves 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 one Virtual Education Action Zone (Kent and Somerset). Development work will be monitored and changes in learning processes and outcomes will be measured using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Accounts of the relationships between interventions and outcomes will be developed using a theorised audit trail approach.

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