Professor Guy Claxton

World renowned authority on expandable intelligence; what it is, why it matters, and how to grow it

Guy Claxton is a world renowned authority on expandable intelligence; what it is, why it matters, and how to grow it. He is the author of many books including Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: Why Intelligence Increases When You Think Less and Wise Up: The Challenge of Lifelong Learning. John Cleese said of Hare Brain, “Just occasionally I get the feeling that someone has said something important”. With Bill Lucas he is author of The Creative Thinking Plan and New Kinds of Smart: How the Science of Learnable Intelligence is Changing Education. Guy’s bestseller What’s the Point of School? was highly praised by Professor Howard Gardner, Sir Ken Robinson and Baroness Susan Greenfield. Stanford Professor Carol Dweck called his latest book, The Learning Powered School: Pioneering 21st Century Education, “superb, innovative and important”. His practical Building Learning Power approach to creating learning cultures in schools has influenced youngsters’ lives throughout the UK as well as in Ireland, Malaysia, Dubai, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Guy has a ‘double first’ in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and a DPhil from Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Royal Society of Arts, and an Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences. He is currently Professor of the Learning Sciences and Co-Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester.

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A Life of Tests Is No Preparation for the Tests of Life

Where have we gone so wrong when Michael Gove acknowledges only two kinds of education - traditional (good) and progressive (bad) - and insists on turning the clock back to a form of testing that while having some benefits (rigour, an ability to discriminate amongst the 'brightest' ) self-evidently entails severe costs?
17/09/2012 22:59 BST