What is Learner Agency?
Learner Agency: Summary
Learner agency is about having the power, combined with choices, to take meaningful action and see the results of your decisions. It can be thought of as a catalyst for change or transformation. Within a school context, Learner Agency is about shifting the ownership of learning from teachers to students, enabling students to have the understanding, ability, and opportunity to be part of the learning design and to take action to intervene in the learning process, to affect outcomes and become powerful lifelong learners.
Students have voice, choice and ownership for their own learning.
When students’ have agency, the relationship between the teacher and students becomes a partnership.
Students with a strong sense of self-efficacy bring a stronger sense of agency to the learning community.
The learning community supports agency and fosters self-efficacy.
Source: ibo.org / Core Eduction
What is Learner Agency?
Students Demonstrate Agency When They:
influence and direct their own learning make choices
ask questions and express wonderings
construct new meanings
participate in and contribute to the learning community.
Articles That Support Learner AgencyClick/Tap to View
The Importance of Student Choice Across All Grade Levels | Edutopia | When students get to make decisions about their learning, it can be powerfully motivating.
5 Ways Student Choice Impacts Learning | AJ Juliani | Choice gives students the ability to go above and beyond our curricular limitations. Learn about five specific ways student choice impacts learning.
Getting Students on the Road to Self-Advocacy | Edutopia | 1 July, 2021 | With some simple supports, students in grades 3 to 8 can take the wheel and assume some responsibility for their learning journey.
Agency in the Planning Process | By Anne van Dam | The SharingPYP Blog | 7 April 2021
Are We Preparing Students To Be Chefs Or Cooks?
Is the goal of education to have learners that are compliant, follow the rules, and can do what they are told? Or is it something more? Are we looking to help students prepare the mselves for anything? Encouraging agency... voice, choice and responsibility?
In this video, A.J. Juliani takes a look at the difference between "chef-like behaviors" vs "cook-like behaviors" and ask the big question: What is the purpose of schooling? Definitely worth a watch.
Impactful Innovation and Learner Agency
Chicago based digital learning coordinator Jennie Magiera talks about meaningful change - not change for the sake of change but transformation that is focused on improving learning and experiences for students. Jennie emphasizes the need to reinstate curiosity, scaffold the release of responsibility to our students, show them how to follow their passion and the importance of resilience.
Promoting Learner Agency
At the Teachers Matter Conference 2016, Karen started with the big picture of education and the changes coming. She then explores the underlying philosophies of the Modern Learning Environment and practical ways to develop student agency.
Connect Learner Agency to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Our goal as agentic individuals should be to learn about the Goals, to teach them to others and to take action wherever you live. Click on the link below to learn more. Navigate to: Sustainable Goals (SDG)
A Future of the World's Children
This film presents the key findings of the seminal WHO-UNICEF-Lancet report “A Future for the World’s Children?” to help governments, communities and industry make real change for the world’s children. Only by working together, with children at the center of our political, economic and social action, can we give them agency to make a world that’s worthy of and for them.
Learner Agency in an Innovative Learning Environment
An example of student agency in a Hallswell school in Australia. Take a look at "Open Planned Classrooms."
5th Grade Dance Party...
A Pathway to Curiosity and Engagement
An example of student agency during morning soft entry at Waukee School. Students are given agency to make choices of where to go and what to do each morning.
The students created their own school song. Take a look HERE.