I am a prolific author. I've written, co-written or edited getting on for 30 books in my time. They are all non-fiction, and many of them attempts to bring the insights of psychological and other technical literatures to wider audiences, Some are for the general reader; many are for teachers.
In education, I am best known for developing the concept of ‘learning power’: a collection of skills and attitudes that underpin someone’s ability to tackle complex matters with confidence, capability, and relish. This active engagement is a valuable skill for adults as much as for children in school. It can be taught in the classroom, alongside all the standard subjects, as proven by my work and that of my collaborators.
The insights and resources we developed under the ‘brand’ of ‘Building Learning Power’ over a 15-year timespan have been successfully adopted by a number of schools around the world. More recently, international research groups have developed similar theories. Together, they are forming a new school of thought about teaching and learning for the 21st century. I call this ‘The Learning Power Approach’. The books below chart the development of this new way of thinking about the nature and purpose of education.
Building Learning Power publications and resources can be found at: www.buildinglearningpower.com.
As a cognitive scientist, the main focus of my work has been on expanding our conception of intelligence. We all share the notion that intelligence is tied to complex abstract thinking and problem-solving - the kind of skills that IQ tests purport to measure. I would argue that intelligence ought to relate to how regular people function in the real world, and how it can help them solve everyday problems.
Real-world intelligence is fascinating because it depends as much on intellect as on our values and emotions. As exciting new research suggests, the processes of mind and body are so intricately interwoven that, should we neglect part of them, we would automatically become less intelligent. I’ve explored this fast-developing field in a series of books, of which Intelligence in the Flesh is the most recent.