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 9: What Is the Evidence for the Learning Power Approach?
What Is the Evidence for the Learning Power Approach?
As we have just seen, learning power is a complex and multifaceted concept. So it is a slippery beast when it comes to trying to find evidence that will help to answer three important questions. First, is the Learning Power Approach (LPA) effective in easing and strengthening the learning that happens in school? Second, can learning power itself be strengthened? For example, is it possible to help students, in the context of a math or history lesson, increase their [Page 192]natural inclination to be determined and resourceful? (You’ll notice that this is a different question from “What can I do to capture their interest in the moment?”) ...