Scientist and author
Guy Claxton is a cognitive scientist specialising in the expandability of our mental powers. He is the author of many books including Hare Brain: Tortoise Mind, Wise Up: The Challenge of Lifelong Learning, and Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than It Thinks. Guy’s bestseller What’s the Point of School? was highly praised by Harvard Professors Howard Gardner and David Perkins, creativity guru Sir Ken Robinson and neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield.
Guy is the founder and author of The Learning Power Approach, a global influence on education which draws together practical methods of teaching that lead to high levels of achievement through the development of useful, general qualities of mind. Professor Carol Dweck called his co-authored book The Learning Powered School ‘superb, innovative and important’. She said, ‘These schools will turn out not just high achievers but great all-round learners and leaders.’ Guy’s work has influenced youngsters’ lives throughout the UK as well as in, for example, Ireland, Poland, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and now the USA.
Guy has an MA in the Natural Sciences from Cambridge and a doctorate in Cognitive Science from Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Academy of the Social Sciences and the Royal Society of Arts. He has been Professor of the Learning Sciences at Bristol University, Co-Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at Winchester University, and is currently Visiting Professor of Education at King’s College London.