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Open Access From why to why not? The conundrum of including learners' perspectives: a response to this Special Issue

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This commentary explores the conundrum of why learners are not routinely involved in decisions about their own learning. It suggests that engaging learners in their own learning and in the development of education systems is central to the improvement of education. Given the evidence from this Special Issue that all learners have the potential to engage fully in education systems and processes, the commentary concludes that the question why involve learners should change to ask questions of those who do not involve learners as a matter of course in educational decisions that impact on both the individual and society.

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Keywords: CONSULTATION; EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT; LEARNER PARTICIPATION; PEER ASSESSMENT; SELF-ASSESSMENT

Document Type: Commentary

Publication date: 01 July 2013

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  • Founded in 2003 by the UCL Institute of Education, the journal reflects the Institute's broad interests in all types of education in all contexts - local, national, global - and its commitment to analysis across disciplines using a variety of methodologies. It shares the Institute's aspiration to interrogate links between research, policy and practice, and its principled concern for social justice.

    Drawing on these strengths, LRE is a wide-ranging and engaging journal that features rigorous analysis and significant research across key themes in education, including: public goals and policies; pedagogy; curriculum; organization; resources and technology; and institutional effectiveness. Articles and book reviews are written by experts in education, psychology, sociology, policy studies, philosophy and other disciplines contributing to education research, and by experienced researcher-practitioners working in the field. The highest quality of reporting and presentation are ensured through an independent, anonymised peer-review process. As an entirely web-based open access journal, LRE has been able to offer innovative features and formats including: epistolary conversation; colour photos and illustrations; illustrative video clips.

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