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Learning to learn

A lifelong process in which individuals deliberately or intuitively plan, monitor, and adapt their learning. When individuals learn to learn, they treat learning activities as objects of inquiry, personal reflection and self-analysis. (Adapted from: Seel 2012). Within the European Union area learning to learn is seen as the ability to pursue and persist in learning, to organize one’s own learning, including through effective management of time and information, both individually and in groups. This key competence includes awareness of one’s learning process and needs, identifying available opportunities, and the ability to overcome obstacles in order to learn successfully. This competence means gaining, processing and assimilating new knowledge and skills as well as seeking and making use of guidance. Learning to learn engages learners to build on prior learning and life experiences in order to use and apply knowledge and skills in a variety of contexts. Motivation and confidence are crucial to an individual’s competence. (Source: European Parliament. 2006).

See also ‘Key competences/competencies or skills’; ‘Twenty-first century skills’.

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