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Developing Tenacity

Teaching Learners How to Persevere in the Face of Difficulty

By: Bill Lucas & Ellen Spencer

Price: CAD $29.95

Publisher: CROWN HOUSE PUBLISHING

Imprint: Crown House Publishing

232 Pages

8.74 X 7.2 X 0.63 ins

ISBN:  9781785833038 -- Paperback

Publication Date: 06/28/2018

Bill Lucas and Ellen Spencer's Developing Tenacity: Teaching learners how to persevere in the face of difficulty is a powerful call to action and a practical handbook for all teachers who want to stimulate and strengthen their pupils' learning tenacity.

The UK's All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility recently proposed the adoption by schools of specific interventions in the areas of resilience and character; meanwhile, across the Atlantic, an end-of-high-school "score" for grit is also being considered in the USA. In line with this growing consensus, an increasing body of evidence suggests that cultivating these competencies is key to success both in school and in later life. In Developing Tenacity, the second instalment in the Pedagogy for a Changing World series, Lucas and Spencer show educators how.

Delving beyond "grit" and "growth mindset", and encompassing more than the formal curriculum, Developing Tenacity draws on the co-authors' research at the University of Winchester's Centre for Real-World Learning to offer a powerful synthesis of what it takes for learners to persevere when confronted with challenges. The resulting analysis depicts the true value of tenacity inside and outside the educational setting and provides teachers with action-oriented strategies as to how the four key "habits" of tenacity - confidence, control, commitment and connectivity - can be developed in learners.Suitable for all teachers and school leaders - in both primary and secondary settings - who want to instil a strong sense of tenacity in their pupils' approach to learning.


Professor Bill Lucas is Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning. With Guy Claxton he created the Expansive Education Network: an organisation of schools that share a common view of the goals of education. These goals are outlined in their seminal book, Educating Ruby.

Dr Ellen Spencer is a senior researcher at the Centre for Real-World Learning. She has a PhD from the University of Warwick, where her doctoral research focused on the impact of policy on school improvement. With Bill Lucas and Guy Claxton, Ellen is co-author of Expansive Education: Teaching learners for the real world.



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