A selection of papers and articles that tackle specific issues in our understanding of learning, intelligence and education. They span 30 years or more of my academic career, but in all of them you can see my evolving belief that our minds are malleable, and that the environments in which we grow and work shape our mental capacities much more than has been traditionally thought.
The Development of Learning Power: A new perspective on child development and early education
Understanding how the mix of accidental and intentional influence moulds young minds.
Involuntary Simplicity: Changing dysfunctional habits of consumption
Why is it so difficult for 'voluntary simplicity' to become truly voluntary? This analysis makes clear why certain popular forms of campaigning and education are ineffective and looks to methodologies of self-transformation.
Turning Thinking on its Head: How bodies make up their minds
Embodied cognition and challenging the assumptions that underlie the dominant sedentary and disembodied approach to the high status elements of education.
Expanding the Capacity to Learning: 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 the genetic capacity to learn,
School as an Epistemic Apprenticeship: The case of Building Learning Power
Giving all children a more focused, practical and relevant send-off on their journeys through the rest of the 21st century.