Become mind-fit for life! Learning is learnable! Educators can explicitly teach not just content, knowledge and skills, but also positive learning attitudes and habits of mind. Guy Claxton‘s The Learning Power Approach will help teachers understand how ‘every lesson, every day’ shapes the way students see themselves as learners. This is the beauty of the Learning Power Approach: it is something all teachers can integrate into their daily practice. Claxton’s work helps us notice ‘what lies beneath’ the surface of our teaching and attend more closely to the way we shape dispositions and attitudes. Readers will find: • approaches focused on building character alongside knowledge acquisition • cognitive, social and neuroscientific supportive evidence • practical illustrations and strategies Written by a renowned cognitive scientist, this book offers a ground-breaking set of design principles for strengthening students’ learning muscles. “This is the beauty of the Learning Power Approach. It is not a program, not a subject, not an add-on - it is something all teachers can integrate into their practice on a daily basis. Claxton’s work helps us notice ‘what lies beneath‘ the surface of our teaching and to attend much more closely to the way we shape dispositions and attitudes to learning.” Kath Murdoch, Education Consultant University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Chapter 1: The Origins of the Learning Power Approach
The Origins of the Learning Power Approach
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
It wasn’t till I was working on my doctorate in cognitive psychology that I began to unlearn to be taught. DPhil or doctorate supervision in the Oxford University Department of Experimental Psychology was, in the early 1970s, a very loose affair. I had three supervisors over the course of the four years it took me to complete my thesis, all of whom practiced a form of benign neglect. It was entirely down to me to make an appointment to see them, and when I did, the response was usually some form of “very interesting—what do ...