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Preface to the first edition; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Learning for Life; One - Beliefs about Learning; Two - The feelings of Learning; Three - Immersion: Learning through Experience; Four - Extending Natural Learning: The Basic Amplifiers; Five - Imagination: Learning in the Mind's Eye; Six - Learning Language: The Beginnings of Intellect; Seven - Learning to Think; Eight - The Uses of Language: Skills, Stories and Memories; Nine - Intuition: The Power of Soft Thinking; Ten - Complex Learning: The Toolkit in Action; Eleven - Becoming Reflective: The Consciousness of Good Learning; Twelve - Learning When: The Problem of Transfer; Thirteen - Learner-Plus: Making Use of Technology; Fourteen - Cultures of Learning: How Habits of Mind Are Transmitted; Fifteen - The Age of Uncertainty: Why Learning Power Matters Now; Sixteen - Learning to Learn: The Early Years; Seventeen - Schooling for Learning; Eighteen - Higher Education: The College beyond Knowledge; Nineteen - Learning Goes to Work: The Business World; Twenty - The Future of Learning; Notes; Index

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Guy Claxton is Visiting Professor in Psychology and Education, and Director of the Research Programme on Culture and Learning in Organizations (CLIO), at the University of Bristol. He is the author of thirteen published books, including Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind.


Expanding on his previous books (Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind; etc.), which argue that conventional education vastly overemphasizes rational, memory-based ways of learning and knowing to the detriment of other modes, British psychologist and educator Claxton urges parents, teachers and students of all ages to concentrate on precisely those neglected channels. He advocates direct immersion, which lets us pick up useful patterns by osmosis; intuition or "soft thinking," which can prompt artistic, scientific and practical creativity; and imagination, including visualization, fantasy and playÄall useful tools for drawing on the brain's various pockets of expertise, according to Claxton. Higher education in the U.S. and U.K. is stagnating, he charges, as a generation of conformist students shun deep inquiry for fear of upsetting their teachers. To help individuals, educators and businesses "wise up," he offers examples of primary schools and colleges around the world that are using nontraditional educational approaches, and of companies that are creating a workplace environment conducive to on-the-job learning. Along the way, he takes potshots at multiple-intelligence theorist Howard Gardner, developmental psychologist Jean Piaget, linguist Noam Chomsky, computer tycoon Bill Gates and others with whose ideas he disagrees. Buttressed by recent research in cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence and neuroscience, Claxton offers a smorgasbord of food for thought that will appeal to teachers, parents, creative types and managers. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

'Claxton offers a smorgasbord of food for thought that will appeal to teachers, parents, creative types and managers'. Publishers Weekly; 'His multidisciplinary approach is beautifully executed...' Kirkus Reviews; 'The best book I have read in 30 years.' David Hargreaves, University of Cambridge Education Department (UK); 'Brilliant... finally enabling teachers and not persecuting them.' John Seymour, Department of Education (UK)

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