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Greenberg working with Feuerstein has identified 8 Tools Of Independent Learning
These tools are needed if a person is going to be an active generator of
information and not just a passive recipient. The teacher assists the learner to develop and become aware of their use and value of:
- Inner Meaning: An awareness of significance to oneself that provides
intrinsic motivation for learning and remembering.
- Self Regulation: Controlling our approach to learning by using
metacognition (thinking about what you are thinking and how you are feeling) to
determine factors like readiness and speed.
- Feeling of Competence: Knowing we have the ability to do a particular
thing. Lack of this tool often results in laziness and other avoidance behaviours; presence of it results in
feeling confident and motivated to learn.
- Goal Directed Behaviour: Taking initiative in setting, planning for, and
reaching objectives on a consistent basis.
- Self Development: Being aware of our uniqueness as an individual and
working toward becoming all we can be.
- Sharing Meaning: Communicating thoughts to ourself and others in a manner
that makes the implicit explicit.
- Acceptance of Challenge: Being aware of the effects emotions have on novel,
complex, and consequently difficult tasks; knowing how to deal with challenge.
- Awareness of Self Change: Knowing that we change throughout life and
learning to expect, nurture, and benefit from it.