Learners are entrusted to take ownership of their learning.
increase in skills among children who were taught self-monitoring over children who were not
The Journal of Experimental Education, 51(2), 89–93.
How Do Learner Led Experiences Help Students?
Still, teachers know they must strike a balance between giving students autonomy and supporting them to develop crucial skills and knowledge—because students need to feel confident and competent before taking greater control of their learning.
The Guidelines of Learner Led
What Does the Research Say?
Student grades, attendance, and conduct improve when they practice a learning technique where they imagine a desired future, think through potential challenges and then plot a course to surmount those challenges. However, this practice is not widespread, so there have been no systematic reviews of personal development or learning plans.2
Studies are mixed on whether students learn more from student-led projects or ones led by teachers. This is largely because few models are purely one or the other; the best classrooms embrace a hybrid where teachers and students collaborate on desired projects, and students get more choice in everyday activities.3
1. Learner Led Guideline #1
Learners articulate their needs, strengths, and interests
2. Learner Led Guideline #2
Learners partner in setting their learning goals
3. Learner Led Guideline #3
Learners partner in shaping their learning pathways and experiences