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3-4 december 2015



Professor Bill Lucas gives keynote speech

The vast majority of professionals working in healthcare want to improve. But improvements require change and changing needs people not only to want to alter their practice but also to have the support they need to do so. One powerful way to embed and sustain change is through ‘real world’ learning methods which work in busy clinical and social care settings. In his keynote speech Bill will draw on the learning sciences in general and on his work with the NHS in the UK in particular to ask and begin to answer some questions.

Do improvers have characteristic ways of thinking and behaving?
If all improvement involves change, what do we know about how best busy professionals change their habits?
Which methods of teaching and learning work well in improving health and social care?
How can we use the idea of ‘signature pedgagogy’ to help us help medical professionals improve their practices for the benefit of patients?

Professor Bill Lucas is Director of the Centre for Real-Learning at the University of Winchester. His research interests are in the learning sciences, creativity, embodied cognition and real-world in education and health care settings. Bill's research into engineering (for The Royal Academy of Engineering) into creativity (OECD) and into apprenticeship (for City & Guilds) is widely acclaimed. Bill co-designed the UK’s Improvement Science programme for the Health Foundation and, with Paul Batalden, co-facilitates an international group of healthcare experts.

He is the creator of the Expansive Education Network (www.expansiveeducation.net) an international network of teacher researchers.
Bill is the author of more than 40 books and many papers/reports, including (with Guy Claxton) Expansive Education: teaching learners for the real world and New Kinds of Smart: how the science of learnable intelligence is changing education. Most recently, also with Guy, his book Educating Ruby: what our children really need to learn has called for a national campaign to wrest education from the short-term attention spans of too many politicians – www.educatingruby.org.