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.
A reflection on the kinds of images that teachers may hold of children and the way they can influence teaching practice, as well as some ideas for examining and transforming these images and their impact.
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