A volatile world needs a flexible generation of innovative thinkers – but as teachers, how good are we at fostering such skills? On the whole, we’re not doing as well as we could. In my everyday experience with secondary school students, I noticed that our students tended not to develop enough independence or mature decision-making – or they developed it too late to be of use to them in school. This article from the TES ‘Research in Action’ series gives an insight into how research on metacognition can be put into action in the classroom. In collaboration with my colleagues Hannah Capron (art) and Sean Doherty (science), as well as Karen Spence-Thomas from the UCL Institute of Education we developed strategies to encourage proactive, self-directed learning.
“How can schools nurture independent learners?” TES Magazine, June 2020. https://www.tes.com/magazine/article/how-can-schools-nurture-independent-learners