Title: Rebooting Pedagogy: What’s Stopping Us
Summary: Session overview (please keep to no more than 100 words) To fit young people for the real challenges of the 21st century, teaching needs a reboot, but various bits of common mental malware are stopping this happening with the speed and at the scale that is needed. Teachers’ innovation is being stymied by the strong but inaccurate claim that cognitive science mandates a single, traditional approach to teaching: ‘direct instruction’ in a ‘knowledge rich’ curriculum. A closer look at what is really happening in the mind sciences shows this claim to be unfounded. On the contrary, 21st century teaching needs to explore the fertile middle ground that lies between the simplistic stereotypes of Traditional and Progressive.
Guy Claxton is a cognitive scientist specialising in practical methods of expanding human intelligence. He has published over 30 books, most recently The Future of Teaching, and the Myths that Hold It Back. He is Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Bristol Graduate School of Education, Visiting Professor at King’s College London, and Emeritus Professor at the University of Winchester Centre for Real-World Learning.