The Construction Zone

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Student Agency: Necessary—but, Not Sufficient


Student Agency: Necessary—but, Not Sufficient

If students are to be in charge of their own learning, agency is definitely a necessary component. But, it is not sufficient. People often equate being in charge with student agency. But, it is more than that. Students need to understand:

  • how external and internal factors work against being in charge of one’s learning
  • self-reflection and how to develop metacognitive skills
  • the role of collaboration
  • how to be intentional about their learning & strive to work at the edge of their competence
  • how they learn—and how other people learn (epistemic literacy)

In this interactive keynote, we will look beyond student agency in order to help students to be in charge of their own learning

What’s in it for you?

You will leave this session with a deeper understanding of student agency and will have many practical classroom strategies to effectively help students to understand how they learn. These will include:

  • how to support efficient collaboration
  • how to develop the metacognitive skills of planning, monitoring, and reflection
  • ensuring that students understand cognitive biases (that can rob them of their ownership of control)
  • helping students to recognize and mitigate external and internal events that fight for their attention

Peter is a leading expert in understanding how students can take charge their own learning—it is the theme of his upcoming book Educational Imperative: Empowering Students to ‘Make Up’ Their Own Minds! It focuses on developing Intentional Learners in a digital age. He is also a pioneer in the development of knowledge-building environments—both face-to-face and online.

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