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Agentic

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The agentic characteristic is about ensuring that children have voice in their learning. Their ideas and interests initiate, support and extend learning possibilities in order to build on their real-world understandings and experiences.

'Agentic' unpacked

Teachers may:

  • provide opportunities for children to make decisions about their own learning
  • respond to children by incorporating their ideas and interests into classroom planning and practice
  • build on children's real-world understandings and experiences
  • provide opportunities for children to collaboratively plan for, co-construct and reflect on their learning.

Children may:

  • make decisions about their own learning
  • contribute their ideas and interests to learning conversations and environments
  • ​recognise that their real-world understandings and experiences are acknowledged and valued
  • work in partnership with the teacher to plan for, co-construct and reflect on their learning.

"...children are skilful in sharing the responsibility of control with peers and adults... the most effective teachers... show[ed] an equal balance between child-initiated and adult-initiated activities".​​

Related information

Professional learning materials 
Access professional learning materials related to the characteristics of age-appropriate pedagogies including posters and postcards.

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Last updated 03 January 2019