Learning Power in the Community

ELLI mural and community police - Ilminister schools

Locals beside a community mural depicting the animals used by Ilminster Avenue Specialists Nursery School in Bristol to represent the seven dimensions of learning power.

Dr Ruth Deakin Crick is from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol in the UK, where the ELLI research programme — Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory — is based. This is a research tool developed to track a student’s “learning power” — the values, attitudes, dispositions and identity that are personal to them. These are categorised into seven dimensions, including resilience, meaning making and critical curiosity.

From research to practice

Despite recent attention to lifelong learning and personalised learning, data suggest that levels of learning power actually reduce as children go through schooling. Ruth Deakin Crick recently spoke at an NZCER seminar in Wellington and discussed a wide range of research projects that have been carried out under the programme. She showed how the assessment of learning dispositions can provide a context for mentored conversations which reflect ‘backwards’ to the identity and values of the learner, and scaffold forwards towards a chosen learning outcome within an inquiry based curriculum.


Use of learning power

Dr Deakin Crick discusses the way schools have approached the use of the learning power dimensions.

Learning power and enquiry based learning

Dr Deakin Crick continues, explaining how the learning dimensions approach can be used to underpin an inquiry-based learning exercise.