“Guy Claxton gets right to the heart of an issue that is one of the most important for shaping 21st century society.”
- Baroness Susan Greenfield
LEARNING IS LEARNABLE!
Educators can explicitly teach not just content, knowledge, and skills, but also the positive habits of the mind that will better prepare students to flourish both in school and later in life.
What is The Learning Power Approach?
The LPA is a way of teaching which aims to develop all students as confident and capable learners - ready, willing, and able to choose, design, research, pursue, troubleshoot, and evaluate learning for themselves, alone and with others, in school and out.
This approach also affords a clear view of the valued, sought-after outcomes of education - developing character strengths as well as striving for academic success - which underpin everything in the school: the curriculum content, the structure of the timetable, the forms of assessment, communication with parents, and the pedagogical style of every member of staff.
I have a number of strands to my earning and learning life. My academic career has mostly been spent in University Departments of Education, teaching and researching the psychology of learning. Beginning as a post-doctoral researcher in the University of Oxford Department of Experimental Psychology, I then took up a lectureship in the Psychology of Education in London at the (now UCL) Institute of Education.
Five years later, I moved to Chelsea College Centre for Science and Maths Education, and then to King's College London Department for Educational Studies. Afterward, I was Professor of the Learning Sciences at the University of Bristol Graduate School of Education, and I finished my university career as Research Director of the University of Winchester Centre for Real-World Learning.
Officially, I am now ‘retired’, though I still travel the world giving talks and running workshops, and work as a Visiting Professor back at King’s College London. During my career, I also worked with the likes of James Lovelock and Fritjof Capra at the Schumacher College for Ecological and Spiritual Studies at Dartington Hall. I have also worked closely with the maverick Buddhist scholar and mediation teacher Stephen Batchelor at the Sharpham Centre for Buddhist Studies.
You will get a flavour of this diversity from my books, and also from a selection of my engagements over the years:
• Consultant on education to the Royal Albert Hall
• Workshop leader for Premier League Youth Football Coaches
• Lecturer at the Siobhan Davies Dance School and the London College of Fashion
• Inaugural lecturer at Her Majesty's Treasury Learning Centre
• Meditation teacher at Atsitsa holiday centre on the Greek island of Skyros (where I met my wife Judith)
• Consultant to the Centre for Contemplative Education research project on mindfulness in European schools (under the auspices of HH The Dalai Lama)
• Guest lecturer at the Harvard Learning Innovations Laboratory (LILA)
• On-going consultant to the South Australian Department of Education and Child Development
• Regular keynote speaker since 2000 at the biennial International Conferences on Thinking
For more about my work on learning to learn in schools, see the Books page.
Expanding the capacity to learn: a new end for education
There is a widespread belief that being an effective, powerful, real life learner is a useful thing to be, and that twenty first century education should be aiming to help young people develop this genetic capacity to learn.