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Learning to learn with parents: lessons from two research projects

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Elaine Hall, Dr Kate Wall, Steven Higgins



This paper reports on two action research projects which are part of the Campaign for Learning’s Learning to Learn programme. The programme focuses on individual schools’ and teachers’ research priorities, within an overarching framework which seeks to understand the factors which promote successful learning. The programme has just finished the first cycle of research. The findings reported here are reflections on the process as well as explorations of the interactions between parents and schools. While both schools report increased pupil attainment as a result of the parental involvement, perhaps the most interesting aspect of the research is the way in which teachers and schools are making explicit their ideas about learning and testing them in dialogue with parents. Arguably, this creation of shared understandings could have the most profound impact on the pupils, their parents’ views of learning and on the place of the schools within their communities.

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Author(s): Hall E, Wall K, Higgins SE, Stephens L, Pooley I, Welham J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Improving Schools

Year: 2005

Volume: 8

Issue: 2

Pages: 179-191

Print publication date: 01/07/2005

Date deposited: 11/12/2007

ISSN (print): 1365-4802

ISSN (electronic): 1475-7583

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/1365480205057706


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