It is important to help children from a young age see themselves as learners in positive and affirming ways.
Learner identity refers to the attitudes and habits that influence the learning process, and the many ways in which children come to understand themselves as learners.
Learner identity can develop in both positive and negative ways, and it is important for children to be supported from a young age to see learning and themselves as learners in a positive way. Developing positive orientations towards learning creates the conditions for children’s lifelong learning and self-motivated engagement with a broad curriculum.
Researchers argue that a positive learner identity is just as valuable as the more readily measurable domains of content knowledge and skills, and that it is a meaningful learning outcome in its own right.
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