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Learner focused

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The learner focused characteristic is about recognising that all children learn in different ways and that learning is a highly individual process. They also acknowledge differences in children's physical, intellectual, cultural, social and personal experiences and perspectives.

'Learner focused' unpacked

Teachers may:          

  • ask questions to discover links between children's emerging interests, ideas views and their wider family, community and cultural experiences
  • provide a range and balance of pedagogical approaches, practices and strategies to cater for individual development and ways of learning
  • adapt the physical, social and temporal environment of the classroom in response to children's individual learning and development
  • provide encouragement and feedback, celebrating children's attempts to try and retry new and challenging tasks.

Children may:

  • have a sense of who they are and show pride in being part of their family, community and cultural group
  • engage in, and be challenged by, a range of differentiated pedagogical approaches, practices and strategies
  • engage in a range of supportive, differentiated learning environments
  • receive, understand and apply feedback to future learning.

"Funds of knowledge are embedded in the cultures of homes and communities and can be used to support learning in schools."

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