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Different ways of thinking about learning

Rosemary Hipkins

This paper discusses challenges and issues arising from NZCER's future-focused programme of research. It takes learning itself as an idea worthy of critical scrutiny and addresses some of the tensions that differences in views about learning create for future-focused research. 

It is in part a response to a critique of a discussion document NZCER wrote for the Ministry of Education, which set out broad, research-informed principles for future-focused learning. 

In this paper the author looks at learning as a cognitive activity and as a social activity. She explores the experiential nature of learning and the idea of motivation as a key enabler of learning. Finally she makes some comments about personalised learning.

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