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James Book Learning How to Learn: tools for schools
Mary James, Paul Black, Patrick Carmichael, Colin Conner, Peter Dudley, Alison Fox, David Frost, Leslie Honour, John MacBeath, Robert McCormick, Bethan Marshall, David Pedder, Richard Procter, Sue Swaffield, Dylan Wiliam

Learning how to learn is an essential preparation for lifelong learning. Whilst this is widely acknowledged by teachers, many lack the knowledge and skills they need to teach their pupils to learn how to learn.

This book offers a set of in-service resources to help teachers develop new classroom practices informed by sound research. It builds on previous work associated with ‘formative assessment’ or ‘assessment for learning’. However, it adds an important new dimension by taking account of the conditions within schools that are conducive to the promotion, in classrooms, of learning how to learn as an extension of assessment for learning. Among the materials included you will find:

  • an introductory in-service session
  • self-evaluation questionnaires
  • an action planning activity
  • workshops
  • tools for school development
  • a network mapping activity
  • guidance about different ways of using the resources
  • teachers descriptions of ways they have used of adapted them
  • references to further information and advice.

In addition, there is a support website and examples of how individual schools have used or adapted these materials to maximise their benefits.


  1. Introduction
  2. How to Use the Book
  3. Introductory Materials
  4. Pupil Perceptions: Finding Out about Pupils' Beliefs about Learning
  5. Self Evaluation Questionnaires
  6. Activities
  7. Workshops on Practical Classroom Strategies and Underlying Conceptions of Learning
  8. Activities for Teacher and School Development
  9. Exploring Networking: Activity to Map and Explore Networking
  10. Sources of Other Ideas - Annotated Reference Section

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