Category Archives: Self-organized learning

Metacognition and self-regulated learning

This guidance report is relevant to the teaching of all students, within any subject area. Most of the examples included are from Key Stages 1 to 4, where the research is strongest. It introduces a simplified framework for self-regulated learning … Continue reading

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How to Bring Self-Organized Learning Environments to Your Community

Educators of all kinds (parents, teachers, community leaders, etc) play an important role in both teaching kids how to think, and giving them room to feed their curiosity. The SOLE approach embraces a process where kids learn how to ask … Continue reading

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Learning to Learn: towards a Relational and Transformational Model of Learning

Health and social care systems are implementing fundamental changes to organizational structures and work practices in an effort to achieve integrated care. While some integration initiatives have produced positive outcomes, many have not. We reframe the concept of integration as … Continue reading

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How to Learn on Your Own

We all have cases where we want to learn something outside the school context. Maybe you need to pick up some skills for your job or hobby. Maybe you read something surprising in the newspaper and want to know the … Continue reading

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A Design Framework for Personal Learning Environments

Working in today’s organizations and undertaking the transformed work practices require knowledge workers who possess high-level mental competencies involving abstract and critical thinking and working with products such as information, knowledge and networks. This desire to generate more autonomous and … Continue reading

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What happens when Students Create their own Curriculum?

There are no tests, no grades, and, for some students, no traditional classes to sit through. That’s because the program is centered around the concept and execution of self-directed learning. With input from advisors, working professionals, parents, and peers, each … Continue reading

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Towards a new Complexity Science of Learning and Education

In this position paper we argue that the field of  learning and education is in a crisis and that the current paradigms in educational science are unable to adequately resolve the problems that are encountered in pedagogical practice. We believe … Continue reading

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Messy Works: How to Apply Self-Organized Learning in the Classroom

Recently, Bechtel has been experimenting with Self-Organized Learning Environments, or SOLEs, in her elementary school classes. SOLEs are short forays into the kind of self-organized learning that Sugata Mitra found to be so powerful. In a classroom SOLE, Bechtel asks … Continue reading

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Heutagogy, Self-Directed Learning and Complex Work

Knowles defined self-directed learning as: “The process in which individuals take the initiative, with or without the help of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identifying human and material resources for learning, choosing and implementing learning strategies, … Continue reading

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Playing in the Zone of Proximal Development: Qualities of Self‐Directed Age Mixing between Adolescents and Young Children at a Democratic School

The potential educational value of free age mixing between adolescents and younger children has been largely neglected because of the widespread acceptance of the conventional scheme of age-graded schooling. To address this neglect, we analyzed qualitatively a set of field … Continue reading

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