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Learning to Learn - The 4th Generation

In this timely essay Guy Claxton, looks back over the evolution of the idea and assesses the state of the art. He points out some of the false starts and blind alleys that have been made as the field has evolved over the last twenty years.

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Learning to Learn - The 4th Generation: Making Sense of Personalised Learning

In this timely essay Guy Claxton, himself an eminent pioneer in the field of L2L, looks back over the evolution of the idea and assesses the state of the art. He points out some of the false starts and blind alleys that have been made as the field has evolved over the last twenty years. But he argues that these pioneering ups and downs are inevitable, and that we have actually made great strides in identifying the powerful learner's habits of mind, and how to strengthen them.

In his characteristically authoritative and entertaining style, Guy Claxton guides us through this brief history, and lays out the exciting future that is in store. Where the early pioneers saw L2L in terms of revision advice and mnemonics, and their successors talked in terms of 'learning styles' and 'brain-friendly learning', the science of learning now offers a very much deeper and more challenging vision of what is possible.

The capacity to learn is much more elastic than we thought even a decade ago, and there is now a good deal of ingenious case-law about how to stretch it. Indeed, Claxton argues that this body of work provides a powerful way of making coherent sense of the current fascination with 'personalising learning'. L2L is not just a way of customising school’s traditional offerings; it can set young people up — able and average alike — to meet life’s challenges with greater confidence and capacity.

About the Author:

Professor Guy Claxton MA (Cantab), DPhil (Oxon), FBPsS [Originator of Building Learning Power]

Since September 2008, Guy Claxton has been Co-Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning (CrL), and Professor of the Learning Sciences, at the University of Winchester. He previously held the same title at the University of Bristol Graduate School of Education. He has a 'double first' from Cambridge and a DPhil from Oxford, and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Royal Society of Arts, and an Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences. Originator of the educational Building Learning Power programme: helping young people become better real-life learners. Guy Claxton is the author of more than twenty books including the best selling Building Learning Power. His practical ideas about how to expand young people's appetite and capacity for learning have influenced educational theory and practice across the world.

[ISBN: 9781901219524;  25 Pages]

[Author: Guy Claxton]

[Age Suitability: All]

 

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