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Know yourself - your learning history and motivation

Featured in the Learning to Learn training manual

By Aileen Goodman

Category: Learning Methodologies

Credit price: 4 download credits (Single user)

We have all had good and bad learning experiences, and these will have helped shape how we currently view our approach to learning. Many people see learning as something that is ‘done to them’; they have not yet recognised the control they can have over what and how they learn. Looking at our learning history can help us understand our motivations and build on strengths, enabling us to become lifelong learners. Knowing about ourselves now is fundamental to becoming better learners.

This training activity begins with the participants using bingo cards to help get to know each other and also to identify the wealth of learning that they bring to the sessions. They then work individually, in pairs, and as a group, to consider their motivations for learning. The participants compare their learning ability, now and in their childhood, to promote a discussion on how we judge our learning and how much we ignore. Participants visualise their personal learning history which helps to identify successful learning experiences. They then reflect on these to complete a questionnaire, considering their strengths as learners and how they can develop. Finally, they complete a reflective learning log on what they have learned about themselves.

Who is it for: This training activity is intended for use by trainers to help participants understand their motivation for learning and, by identifying their strengths, build on these for planning future learning.

Resource Type:Activity
Min Group Size:12
Max Group Size:20
Typical Duration:02:10:00
No of Pages:23

Resources: View standard resources for Fenman training activities
Additional resources: Tape recorder.

Purpose: This training activity is best used as an introduction to a learning to learn programme. It can also be used as part of any continuing professional development programme.

Download the training activity, Know yourself - your learning history and motivation as featured in the Fenman training manual; Learning to Learn