E.L.L.I

Critical curiosity versus passivity

  • I like to get below the surface of things and
    see what is really going on.
  • I like to work things out for myself, and to
    ask my own questions.
  • I tend to go looking for things to learn, rather
    than just responding to problems that come my way.
  • I’m attracted to learning and have a good deal of
    energy for learning tasks and situations.
  • I value getting at the truth.

Creativity versus data accumulation

  • I like new situations, and sometimes create
    novelty and uncertainty ‘just to see what happens’.
  • I like playing with possibilities and imagining how
    situations could be otherwise.
  • I sometimes get my best ideas when I just let my
    mind float freely, and I don’t mind ‘giving up mental control’ for a while to see what bubbles up.
  • I often use my imagination when I’m learning, and pay attention to images and physical promptings
    as well as rational thoughts.

Positive learning relationships
versus isolation

  1. I like working on problems with other
    people, especially my friends.
  2.   I have no difficulty sharing thoughts and  ideas with others, and find it useful.
  3.   I am quite capable of working away at
    problems on my own, and sometimes prefer it.
  4.   I don’t feel I have to stick with the crowd for
    fear of being lonely or isolated, when I’m learning.
  5.   I have important people at home and in my
    community who share with me in my learning.

Strategic awareness versus robotic

  1. I tend to think about my learning, and plan how I am going to go about it.
  2. I usually have a fair idea how long something is   going to     take me, what resources I will need, and my chances of being successful.
  3.   I am able to talk about the process of learning – how I go about things – and about myself as a learner – what my habits, preferences,  aspirations, strengths and weaknesses are.

Meaning making versus
data accumulation

  • I tend to look for patterns, connections and coherence in what I am learning.
  • I seek links between new situations and what I already know or am interested in.
  •   I’m on the look-out for ‘horizontal meaning’
  •   I like to make sense of new things in terms of my own experience and I like learning
    about what matters to me.

Resilience versus
fragility and dependence

  1. I tend to stick at things for a while, even when they
    are difficult. I don’t give up easily.
  2.  I often enjoy grappling with things that aren’t easy.
  3.  I can handle the feelings that can crop up during    learning: frustration, confusion, apprehension and so on.
  4.  I’m not easily upset or embarrassed when I can’t
    immediately figure something out
  5.  I don’t immediately look for someone to help me out
    when I am finding things difficult, or when I get stuck.

Changing and learning
versus
being stuck & static

  1. I see learning as something I can get better at.
  2. I have a sense of history and of hope.
  3. I tend to take ownership of my own learning,
    and like to be responsible for what I’m learning
    and how I go about it.
  4. I’m usually quite ready to ‘sign up’ to learning
    tasks that are presented to me