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Personalised learning: Lessons to be learnt


Prain, V and Cox, P and Deed, C and Dorman, J and Edwards, D and Farrelly, C and Keefe, M and Lovejoy, V and Mow, L and Sellings, P and Waldrip, BG and Yager, Z, Personalised learning: Lessons to be learnt, British Educational Research Journal, 39, (4) pp. 654-676. ISSN 0141-1926 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 British Educational Research Association

DOI: doi:10.1080/01411926.2012.669747


Personalised learning is now broadly endorsed as a key strategy to improve student curricular engagement and academic attainment, but there is also strong critique of this construct. We review claims made for this approach, as well as concerns about its conceptual coherence and effects on different learner cohorts. Drawing on literature around differentiation of the curriculum, self-regulated learning, and ‘relational agency’ we propose a framework for conceptualising and enacting this construct. We then report on an attempt to introduce personalised learning as one strategy, among several, to improve student academic performance and wellbeing in four low SES regional secondary schools in Australia. We report on a survey of 2407 students’ perceptions of the extent to which their school provided a personalised learning environment, and a case study of a programme within one school that aimed to apply a personalised approach to the mathematics curriculum. We found that while there were ongoing challenges in this approach, there was also evidence of success in the mathematics case.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:personalised learning;relational agency
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Secondary education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Waldrip, BG (Professor Bruce Waldrip)
ID Code:95141
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-09-25
Last Modified:2014-11-24

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