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R6C2 Engagement: Do the teaching strategies, classroom organisation and consultation enable learners to actively participate in and enjoy their learning?

TLRP research on pupil consultation (eg: Rudduck and McIntyre, 2007) and learner identities (eg:...

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Andrew Pollard
5 May 2010

TLRP research on pupil consultation (eg: Rudduck and McIntyre, 2007) and learner identities (eg: Pollard and Filer, 2007) showed that, if pupils feel that they matter in school and are respected, then they feel more positive about themselves as learners. They can understand and manage their own progress better, and feel more included. The underlying driver here is termed ‘agency’ – the opportunity for self-directed action and fulfilment. 

Young people become more engaged if their perspectives, concerns and experiences are taken seriously. The projects found that pupil contributions were invariably practical and constructive – and were thus also beneficial to teachers. Such feedback supported more open, collaborative and communicative relationships and thus had the potential to transform pedagogic strategies and enhance learning outcomes.

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