To review and apply knowledge about factors affecting learning


To review and apply knowledge about factors affecting learning.

Evidence and reflection

Try to take stock of the issues that have been raised in this chapter. Although they are complex, they directly affect individuals such as the children in your class.

Consider a boy and a girl with contrasting motivation towards learning. Make notes on the factors which, in your opinion, affect their engagement with learning. Record physical and circumstantial factors, personal factors, forms of social support, and the quality of tasks and challenges which they typically meet in school.

Does such a review help in understanding and making better provision for such children?


To what extent have such factors affected your own engagement as a learner through your educational career? Over time, could you use this understanding to develop your personal learning effectiveness?