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Learning relationships as a dimension of learning power

'Learners who score highly on this dimension are good at managing the balance between being...

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Rebecca Ferguson
10 March 2010

'Learners who score highly on this dimension are good at managing the balance between being sociable and being private in their learning. They are not isolated, nor are they dependent. They like to learn with and from others, and to share their difficulties, when it is appropriate. They acknowledge that there are important other people in their lives who help them learn, though they may vary in who those people are, e.g. family, friends or teachers. They know the value of learning by watching and emulating other people, including their peers. They make use of others as resources, as partners and as sources of emotional support. They also know that effective learning may also require times of studying—or ‘dreaming’—on their own. The opposite pole is dependence or isolation. Some learners are more likely to be stuck either in their over-dependency on others for reassurance or guidance; or in their lack of engagement with other people.' (Crick, 2007, p141)

Deakin Crick, R. (2007). Learning how to learn: the dynamic assessment of learning power. The Curriculum Journal, 18(2), 135-153.

'Learning relationships' is one of the dimensions of learning power. These are:

  • Changing and learning
  • Critical curiosity
  • Meaning making
  • Resilience
  • Creativity
  • Learning relationships
  • Strategic awareness

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