Ensuring that all learners develop the skills and attitudes to become a successful learner is the cornerstone of education. This is reinforced by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) which calls for all students to develop ‘a comprehensive set of knowledge, skills and dispositions or general capabilities that will assist them to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century.’
A critical examination of these ‘skills and dispositions’ leads one to recognise that successful learners are expert learners. Expert learners possess specific skills and attitudes that have enabled them to progress as well as a capacity for sustained learning.
What follows is a detailed discussion and suggested strategies based upon the work of UDL experts Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) as well as Basham, Diedrich and Lawrence’s Instructional Process.