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Course Description

Learner Agency is a term educators are hearing more and more about. It appears in educational policy documents around the world, and school leaders are being told the importance of creating environments that promote “Learner Agency”.

Unfortunately, despite the increasing use of the term “Learner Agency”, policymakers have only vaguely defined it. Not having a clear definition has led to many well-intended but ultimately shallow and ineffective interpretations. As I’ll explain, one of the most common interpretations relates to “student voice and student choice”, which frequently simulates Learner Agency but does not build it.

learner agency

The definition I describe in this course provides a clear picture of what Learner Agency is and a practical pathway for schools to develop Learner Agency. This definition demands that schools attend to three interrelated and equally important aspects of Learner Agency.

If, as school leaders, we are to address the development of Learner Agency effectively, then we must address these three elements:

  • The ENVIRONMENT to act
  • The WILL to act.
  • The POWER to act.


This course is suitable for school leaders, middle leaders and any educator interested in going beyond the superficial understandings of Leaner Agency and gaining deep practical insights into this important concept.

Teaching standards

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Understand how students learn:  Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn

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Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Introduction to James Anderson

  • 2


    • Please download. These resources will be referred to during the session.

  • 3

    The Concept of Learner Agency and the Environment to Act

    • The Concept of Learner Agency and the Environment to Act

    • Reflection Question 1

  • 4

    Mindset: The Will to Act

    • Mindset: The Will to Act

    • Reflection Question 2

  • 5

    Learnership: The Power to Act

    • Learnership: The power to Act

    • Reflection Question 3

  • 6

    Revisiting the Concept of Learner Agency

    • Revisiting the concept of Learner Agency

    • Refelction Question 4

  • 7

    Question and Answer Session

    • Question and Answer Session

    • Reflection Question 4

  • 8

    Course feedback

    • Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback


James Anderson

James Anderson

James Anderson is an Australian-based international speaker, author and educator who is passionate about helping fellow educators develop students as better learners. Originally a teacher and school leader, for the past 20 years, James has been working with schools to make classrooms more thoughtful places. He challenges teachers to think deeply about their own Mindsets and how their beliefs are communicated to students in often subtle and unintended ways. James’s work combines Growth Mindset with Habits of Mind and Practice to create Learning Agility. He puts the growth back into Growth Mindset! And, through creating and describing the Mindset Continuum, he provides the cornerstone for effective Growth Mindset interventions.

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