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4.8 Summary

Figure 17 - Linking my learning

The core category of 'Linking my Learning' then is the over-arching theme which describes how students make meaning of their learning. They perceive learning by associating it with accumulating and processing information for future use. This takes place within specific places and activities and is predominantly associated with school-directed activities. As a consequence, the majority of the support and guidance which plays an active part in their learning is also perceived as arising from within school. Students make judgements about the factors involved in their learning, ascribing worth and value to some aspects, whilst suggesting that others may affect learning negatively. In considering these elements within their learning, students reveal the seeds of metacognition which have begun being nurtured more formally through programmes in school.