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Just how do you learn to learn?


Developing learning skills is one of six key skills for developing and maintaining employability listed in the government’s paper The Learning Age. Claims about the importance of learning to learn are widespread - 'learning to learn is a skill which never becomes obsolete'; 'learning to learn is the most fundamental of all the so- called life skills'; 'learning to learn is the critical skill for the twenty first century'. However, exactly what learning to learn entails, and the precise nature of the skills involved, is rarely enunciated.

Peter Honey is engaged on a survey with the Campaign for Learning which is designed to allow the skills and practices involved in learning to learn to 'surface' as a necessary step in working out how best to help people acquire these skills.

The skills, 59 of them, are not in any order of importance and are divided into 10 categories. All you have to do is indicate which skills are in your opinion

  • critically important for learning to learn
  • very important, but not critical
  • less important.

Please assume, therefore, that all the skills listed are important but that some are more important than others.

At the end of each category there is space for you to note any extra learning to learn skills that you consider are missing from the current list. Please don’t hesitate to add extra items in the spaces provided.

The survey is not yet available on line, but you can request a personal copy direct by email from Peter Honey

All respondents will receive a copy of the final results.


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