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R9C2 Empowerment: Is the pedagogic repertoire successful in enhancing wellbeing, learning disposition, capabilities and agency?

The first of TLRP’s Ten Principles states that: ‘Learning should aim to help people to...

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Andrew Pollard
5 May 2010

The first of TLRP’s Ten Principles states that: ‘Learning should aim to help people to develop the intellectual, personal and social resources that will enable them to participate as active citizens and workers and to flourish as individuals in a diverse and changing society’. So empowerment is the very stuff of ‘education’ in its broadest sense. But what does this mean in the classroom?

Dweck (2000) contrasted pupils with a ‘mastery’ orientation from those who develop ‘learned helplessness’ in school. The conditions and experiences of classroom life contribute to such self-beliefs. By creating opportunities for learners to take independent action and experience success, teachers support the development of self-confidence and positive learning dispositions. 

TLRP has researched learning at many stages of life and found that agency and self-belief were crucial at every age and in nursery, school, college, workplace, family and home settings (see: www.tlrp.org/projects).

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