Zest for Learning

Developing curious learners who relish real-world challenges

By: Bill Lucas , Ellen Spencer


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Size: 222 x 182mm

Pages : 288

ISBN: 9781785834011

Format: Paperback

Published: March 2020


In Zest for Learning: Developing curious learners who relish real-world challenges, Bill Lucas and Ellen Spencer explore the ways in which teachers can help their pupils to find their passions, develop independence and challenge themselves to become more expansive learners.

Young people need more than subject knowledge in order to thrive – they need capabilities. The Pedagogy for a Changing World series details which capabilities matter and how schools can develop them.

A key capability is zest: the curiosity and desire to experience new things. Zest for Learning offers a powerful new synthesis of thinking about what it takes for young people to flourish both in education and in the wider world, especially at a time when preparing them for life beyond school often calls for brave leadership.

This could be encouraged through, for example, greater engagement with sports and the arts, by collaborating with external bodies – such as the Scouts and Guides or the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme – or by working with libraries, museums, faith groups and environmental associations.

In this book Bill and Ellen offer a framework for zest: a practical guide for teachers, underpinned by theory. They draw on a number of areas of knowledge and practice that each have something to contribute to the concept of zest for learning, bringing together ideas in concrete and actionable ways.

Zest for Learning connects the co-curriculum with the formal curriculum, building both theoretical and practical confidence in the kinds of pedagogies which work well. Bill and Ellen have infused the book with a wide range of ideas for getting pupils to love learning so much that they will be able to learn whatever they want to throughout their lives.

The authors also go further by presenting case studies that illustrate the successful integration of the co-curriculum with the formal curriculum at various educational institutions, and by providing an A–Z of practical ideas and activities for developing zest in young learners.

Suitable for all teachers and leaders, in both primary and secondary settings.


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Bill Lucas

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.

Building Learning Power with The Learning Organisation.

Read Bill's article in FE Week.

UKEdChat Podcast - Episode 13 - Teaching Creative Thinking.

Click here to read Bill Lucas' interview in Nursery World.

Click here to read Bill Lucas' article - Teaching creative thinking: Advice and examples'.

Click here to read another article by Bill Lucas - Why knowledge isn't enough'.

Read Bill's article in TES An open letter to Nick Gibb: 5 myths about creativity


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Ellen Spencer

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.

UKEdChat Podcast - Episode 13 - Teaching Creative Thinking.


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