Making real the learning to learn (L2L) rhetoric embedded in an ITE Learning and Teaching Strategy

Grant type: Development (2000-08)
Round: October 2004
Amount awarded £3,999.00
Completed: April 2008
Leader(s): Dr Linda Rush
Organisation: University College Chester
Contact Email:
Contact phone: 01244 375444 x3600
Address: Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ
Nina Siddall
Head of Primary School Improvement CfBT
Professor Guy Claxton
University of Bristol
Start Date: 1 September 2006
End Date: 29 June 2007
Interim report received: 2 April 2008
Final report received: 2 April 2008

Within the research base there is abundant evidence that ‘learning about learning’ enhances pupils’ performance (e.g. Chris Watkins’ National School Improvement Network Bulletin No. 13, 2001). Furthermore, there are developing conceptions that lifelong learning is positively affected by L2L strategies. Moreover, there is much current CPD activity within this area (e.g. ‘building learning power’ courses and materials developed by Guy Claxton with TLO Ltd). But this will be the first investigation of learning to learn - the systematic cultivation of effective learning capabilities and dispositions in the context of ITE. Building on current research at Chester into the promotion of reflection as a tool for helping students to become more strategically aware of their learning, the project explores the value of introducing college tutors to ideas about learning to learn in its broader sense. Emphasis will be placed upon Claxton’s 4Rs: resilience; resourcefulness; reflectiveness and reciprocity as a model of what good learning does look like (Smith, 2004).