Accelerated Learning for the 21st Century – Colin Rose

Accelerated Learning for the 21st CenturyAuthor – Colin Rose and Malcolm J Nicholl

Publisher – Dell Publishing, 1997

Rating –  5 Stars



The empires of the future will be in the empires of the mind – Sir Winston Churchill

This wonderfully inspiring and academically rigorous book has been one of my “bible’s” that has supported my knowledge development in the area of accelerated learning and brain-based learning.  As you know most people (probably all of us!) only use a fraction of our brain capability, not because we are not intelligence but rather because we haven’t been taught how to access and develop our innate abilities.  This book provides evidence based research and practical strategies to learn faster and think more creatively.

Learning is not just about knowing answers, it is about acquiring knowledge and then using our thinking faculties to make sense and broaden our understanding and repertoire of competence to act resiliently and cleverly in our increasingly complex and rapidly changing world.

Success in the 21st century depends a great deal on our ability to master speed, complexity and uncertainty.  To do this we need to know how our brain works and a range of learning and thinking strategies to foster whole-brain thinking.  The book covers subjects such as our awesome brain, making memory, creating the right state of mind for learning, making meaning, using music for learning, NLP for acquiring and processing information, analytical left brain thinking and creative right brain thinking.

The rate at which organisations learn may become the only                                                                               sustainable source of competitive advantage – Sloan Management Review

Rose describes his six step MASTER plan to accelerate learning:

  1. Motivating your mind

– being relaxed, confident and motivated and having the right attitude towards learning

  1. Acquiring the information

–  sensory based input and processing of information

  1. Searching out meaning

– engaging with the material using multiple intelligence – asking why?

  1. Triggering memory

– locking the information and understanding into long-term memory by using a range of memory techniques such as association, storytelling, memory maps etc

  1. Exhibiting what you know

– testing yourself to see what you really know then filling in any gaps and teaching someone else will anchor your learning at a deeper level

  1. Reflection on how you learned

– asking yourself  “How did I learn this?; What worked well?; What could have been done better?; What does this mean for my future learning?

 He shares a number of his visions for learning.  One of these is to make learning how to learn and becoming a creative-analyst top priorities in schools, workplaces and in the home.  When we do this we will be equipping people to learn faster, remember more and think creatively, enabling them to maximise their opportunities in a rapidly changing global landscape.

I highly recommend this book.  It is easy to read and an absolute jewel of information, facts and practical strategies to foster more rapid, meaningful and effective learning.

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