Learning Space as a Prerequisite of Agency in Learning Activity



The rapid pace of innovation and the increased quantity of information are affecting the traditional educational routes. Schools are now facing quite a new task: how to teach children to learn. The developmental learning approach of Elkonin and Davidov provides rich experience of solving this task. The paper describes a technology of learning space polarization that promotes learning autonomy in primary school and has been successfully applied in developmental learning classes. We explore the prerequisites of individual learning action formation, the action which is self-motivated, independent and responsible. We also describe three lines of learning autonomy development in students: result, research and product. The paper concludes with a description of the evolution of learning autonomy and its social/institutional forms and relates its stages to certain age periods in the child development.

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Keywords: learning autonomy, learning space, individual learning action, developmental learning, training and inquiry-based lessons, modeling, sign tools, Elkonin, Davydov, agency, activity

Journal rubric: Educational Psychology

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/pse.2022270302

Funding. The reported study was funded by National Research University Higher School of Economics, within the project “Development of preschool and primary school children’s autonomy” (Mirror laboratory)

Received: 28.02.2022


For citation: Ostroverkh O.S. Learning Space as a Prerequisite of Agency in Learning Activity. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2022. Vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 16–27. DOI: 10.17759/pse.2022270302.


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Information About the Authors

Oksana S. Ostroverkh, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor of the Department of Psychology of Human Resource Management, Institute of Economics, Management and Environmental Studies, Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3411-8256, e-mail: ostrovoksana@mail.ru