Guy Claxton

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"I was Visiting Professor of the Learning Sciences at the University of Bristol Graduate School of Education from 1993 till 2008. I was involved in setting up the first taught doctoral programme in education in the UK, and, as Director of Research Development, helped build the research culture that secured the Bristol Education School the coveted 5* rating in the last Research Assessment Exercise. My research leadership has borne fruit in the three well-respected 'Bristol books', which I co-edited, to which more than 90% of the education staff contributed:

  • Liberating the Learner (Routledge 1996)
  • The Intuitive Practitioner (Open UP 2000)
  • Learning and Teaching Where Worldviews Meet (Trentham 2003)

"I remain an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Bristol in the Graduate School of Education and the Institute of Advanced Studies. Before Bristol, I was one of the Founding Faculty of the innovative Schumacher College at Dartington in Devon. Schumacher College offers residential courses to people from all over the world concerned about global environmental, political, economic and spiritual issues. Guest teachers with whom I worked included scientists James Lovelock and Fritjof Capra, Nobel peace laureate Waangari Matthai, environmentalist Jonathan Porritt, Zen Abbott Reb Anderson and archetypal psychologist James Hillman. I now live near Horsham in West Sussex.

"Earlier I taught psychology of education at the University of London Institute of Education, and at King's College London. I was educated at King's School Worcester; was an undergraduate scholar at Cambridge University where I took a 'double first' in Natural Sciences; and gained my doctorate in experimental psychology from Oxford in 1974 for studying how the mental dictionary is consulted as we understand language. I am trained in psychotherapy and have studied Buddhist and other forms of meditation since the mid-1970s."[1]

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  1. Guy Claxton Bio, organizational web page, accessed July 12, 2012.
  2. Mind Gym Academic Board, organizational web page, accessed April 14, 2014.