In my CORE Education e-fellowship this year I have been investigating learner agency, this blog post summarises the first steps I took during term one on my ongoing journey to enlightenment (I’m still not there yet). I have employed an action research method for the investigation, and to help unfold the narrative of my experiences I’m going to use Joseph Campbell's traditional 'monomyth' outline as it fits well with the developments and cycles in this research process; this blog post is the introduction, the first part of the story where everyone is just milling about and life is carrying on as normal, but then something disrupts the status quo and there is no turning back. To contextualise the media reference further, it is a bit like when Luke Skywalker is on Tatooine staying with uncle Owen and aunt Beru wishing he was somewhere else, he find’s a message in R2-D2 with Old Ben (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and before he knows it he is jumping on the Millennium falcon with Han Solo to rescue princess Leia - Luke’s decision to follow Ben was the call to adventure!
(Lucasfilm Ltd, 2014)
Anyway, back to agency in a galaxy a little closer to home…..
The concept of learner agency has been part of ‘bigger picture’ thinking in education for quite some time, but has blossomed recently through many blogs, forums and video sites - for an excellent