Coming to #lrnchat June 13: Learner Beliefs About Learning

We talk a lot in lrnchat about what we know — or what we think we know — about how people learn.  But what do our learners think? How do they view themselves as learners? What do they think they need to learn? What do they think their own limits are?

The chat will be based on Marlene Schommer’s “The Role of Adults’ Beliefs about Knowledge in School, Work, and Everyday Life”, which is shared with her permission. (And she’s shown some interest in joining us, so let’s hope she turns up.)

General themes and likely questions:

What do learners believe about their control over their own learning? Do they believe the ability to learn is inherited or can be developed?
What about speed? Do learners believe that learning happens quickly, or as a gradual process? What are their expectations about how quickly they will learn? What does this say about learner persistence?
How do learners view their own knowledge? As file drawers, networked pieces of data, or huge chunks of memory?
What do learners believe about the stability of what they know? Do they believe knowledge is fixed or is subject to change and adaptation?

And: What does this mean for our practice?  How can we use this to enhance what we do?

We hope to see you Thursday, June 13 for a what promises to be an interesting chat. 8:30 pm ET, 5:30 pm PT.  (Australia? That’s 11:30 am Friday AEST.)