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Natural Born Learners

Our Incredible Capacity to Learn and How We Can Harness It

Alex Beard

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson
12 April 2018
Philosophy & theory of education; Schools
Learning is the soul of our species. From our first steps to our last words, we are what we learn. Our education predicts how much we'll earn, how content we will be, even how long we'll live. But for all its obvious importance, learning has lost touch with human progress. We live in an information age, work in a knowledge economy, yet our schools are relics of an industrial era.

In Natural Born Learners, education insider Alex Beard takes us on a dazzling tour of the future of learning to show how we can - and why we must - do better. Weaving together expert insight, entertaining anecdote and intelligent research, Beard leads us from the crowded corridors of a London comprehensive to the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley, through the exam factories of South Korea to the inclusive classrooms of Finland to reveal that today we stand on the cusp of a learning revolution.

Tackling everything from artificial intelligence to our growing understanding of the infant brain, from the roots of creativity to the way classrooms can be unwitting engines of extremism, this book is a user's guide to transforming learning in the twenty-first century and roadmap to accessing our better future selves.
By:   Alex Beard
Imprint:   Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 243mm,  Width: 157mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   600g
ISBN:   9781474604710
ISBN 10:   1474604714
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   12 April 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alex Beard has worked in education for a decade. After starting out as an English teacher in an inner-city comprehensive, he completed his MA at the Institute of Education before joining Teach For All, a growing network of independent organisations working to ensure that all children everywhere can fulfil their potential. He's fortunate to spend much of his time searching the world for the most promising educational practices and sharing his learning with teachers, school leaders and policymakers in forty-six countries. He's so far visited schools in half of them. This is his first book.

Reviews for Natural Born Learners: Our Incredible Capacity to Learn and How We Can Harness It

Wide-ranging, often humorous and consistently fascinating, this is a book for all those interested in learning - a process that, as the author stresses, should be lifelong -- Stephanie Cross * THE LADY * By learning from educators on the vanguard all over the world, Alex Beard helps us understand what we need to do to ensure that today's children can shape a better future for themselves and all of us. We must prioritise and approach education in a totally different way to achieve this end, and Natural Born Learners helps us see the path forward * WENDY KOPP, CEO & Co-founder Teach For All * A timely and passionate book on the need for a global educational renaissance -- Jane Shilling * MAIL ON SUNDAY * Readers should accompany Beard on his travels - not only because the subject of his inquiry is so important, but because after myriad engaging anecdotes and encounters, he arrives at some conclusions with universal relevance -- Miranda Green * FINANCIAL TIMES * Invigorating...one of the most optimistic, thought-provoking and ambitious educational books of recent years. Natural Born Learners is audacious, sassy, unafraid of big questions about what our children deserve and what our culture needs from education...bold and exuberant -- Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders * TES *


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