Wise up :

by Claxton, Guy.
Published by : Network Educational Press, (Stafford :) Physical details: x, 374 p. ; 23cm. ISBN:185539099X (pbk); 9781855390997.
Subject(s): Continuing education.
Year: 1999
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From the author of the bestselling 'Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind', comes a breakthrough book on the future of learning. The new sciences of brain and mind are revealing that everyone has the capacity to become a powerful, lifelong learner. We can all learn how to learn; it has little to do with conventional intelligence or educational success. Guy Claxton teaches us how to raise children who are curious and confident explorers, and how we ourselves can learn to pair problem-solving with creativity.

'Wise-Up' is essential and compelling reading for parents, educators and managers alike. Guy Claxton is Visiting Professor in Psychology and Education, and Director of the Research Programme on Culture and Learning in Organisations (CLIO), at the University of Bristol. He is the author of thirteen published books.

Originally published by the Bloomsbury Press as Wise up: the challenge of lifelong learning, 1999.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Publishers Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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