What is Learner Identity?

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Learner Identity is defined as the process of becoming and being a learner. It is a conceptual artefact that contains, connects and enables reflection over the emotional and cognitive processes of the experience of becoming and being a learner. In essence, it is about enabling students to review themselves as learners and to foster their understanding of how their actions, emotions, thoughts and motives about themselves in learning are interconnected.

Couched within a Personal Construct Psychology framework and a Strengths Perspective, ‘My Learner ID’ tracks the voice of the learner in their journey through education and on becoming a learner. The LID Series offers a coherent developmental and stage appropriate framework to track the voice of the learner over the school years. Activities are designed throughout the series to elicit the perspectives of the learner and to prompt the learner to record their voice about the learning process and learning experiences.

There is growing consensus that ‘learning to learn’ is the ultimate goal of education for the 21st century. Trough (2012) argued that schools don’t teach the important skills: persistence, self-control, curiosity, grit and self-confidence. My Learner ID Series presents a section on ‘My Learning Ways’. This section addresses learner dispositions and growth mindsets. The inclusion of this section reflects an understanding that there are tendencies towards particular patterns of intellectual behaviour and that dispositions are acquired. The intent of this section is to build learner consciousness and understanding of the meaning of learner disposition and to develop the capacities, tools and tactics to use that disposition effectively.

The construction of knowledge ideally occurs when it is within the learner’s control. Effectiveness in learning is maximised when learners want to learn, do the thinking, produce the meaning and contextualise and generalise knowledge for their own use (Farrington et al. 2012). It is argued that the extent to which a learner takes on additional responsibility for his or her own learning influences the strength of his or her identity as an independent lifelong learner (Kolb & Kolb, 2012). ‘My Learner ID’ Series nurtures learner ownership, agency and responsibility by prompting self-reflection, self-assessment and by considering strategies to improve learning by evaluating the impact of preferred strategies on learning efficiencies.

 
INTERPLAY OF LEARNERS' ACTIONS,
EMOTIONS, TOUGHTS AND
MOTIVES IN LEARNING
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LEARNER EFFICACY,
OWNERSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITY
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LEARNING HOW TO LEARN
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GOALS OF ‘MY LEARNER ID’ SERIES

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‘My Learner ID’ tracks the voice of the learner in their journey through education and on becoming a learner.  The LID Series offers a coherent developmental and stage appropriate framework to track the voice of the learner over the school years. Activities are designed throughout the series to elicit the perspectives of the learner and to prompt the learner to record their voice about the learning process and learning experiences.

My Learner ID Series nurtures learner responsibility, efficacy and ownership. Learners are encouraged to reflect on the learning process, to understand how to become an effective learner and to choose strategies that enable greater efficiency and success in learning. My Learner ID is designed to shift responsibility in learning from teacher led practices to learners claiming responsibility, ownership and autonomy for their own learning.

My Learner ID Series presents a section on ‘My Learning Ways’. This section addresses learner dispositions and growth mindsets. The inclusion of this section reflects an understanding that there are tendencies towards particular patterns of intellectual behaviour and that dispositions are acquired.  The intent of this section is to build learner consciousness  and understanding of the meaning of learner disposition and to develop the capacities, tools and tactics to use that disposition effectively.

The LID series addresses the ‘how’ of learning and encourages learners to reflect and develop key learner dispositions associated with effective learning. Attention, Memory, Organisation, Metacognition, Mindsets and Learning Behaviours are explored in third to sixth class.  Themes from Aistear are explored in the younger years.

The LID Series is designed to invite parental partnership in supporting children on becoming and being a learner. The series offers parents perspectives on their child as learner and offers strategies that will be of use and helpful within the home setting. Non-judgmental listening and positive unconditional regard is promoted as best response style for parents as they support their child in their journey through education and in the process of becoming learners.  The series is designed to be enjoyed and should offer parents a chronicle of the voice of their child in education across formative developmental years.

My LID series scaffolds teachers practice in their use of formative assessment  methodologies by providing learners with Opportunities To Respond, Assist Cards and Cubes, Reflect Cards, Rubrics, Self and Peer Assessment schedules. In a national and international policy climate of increased dialogue about student engagement, formative assessment, student well-being and whole school evaluation, Opportunities to Respond (OTRs) augment student participation, achievement and educational outcomes. The inclusion of OTR ideas in Part 2 provides teachers with a tangible range of tools to support the development of Learner Identity in all students.

My Learner ID offers a coherent developmental and stage appropriate framework to track the voice of the learner over the school years. This repository will offer insight into the development of the learner at various points in time and across time and will be invaluable as a research tool and to learners themselves as they look back on the process of becoming a learner.

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My LID Logo was designed specifically as a badge, symbolically representing the personal ‘ID’ of the Learner. The three birds in different flight modes accompany the following message to all learners and embody the philosophy of the series:

Do you see the birds?
At times, the bird is unsure and needs help to move on.
At times, the bird needs a little push to take off.
Other times, the bird is flying away, high up into the sky.
These birds are just like you as learner!
Learner ID tracks how you become a learner and how you feel about learning.
Enjoy every page as you uncover how you learn best!