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Dr. Cornelius Grove, Author of Drive to Learn

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The Total Tutor Neil Haley and Peter Elvdige will interview Dr. Cornelius Grove, Author of Drive to Learn.

Cornelius Grove, managing partner of the consultancy Grovewell, is also an independent scholar and author of iconoclastic books on education. After attaining an M.A.T. at Hopkins, he taught history in White Plains, NY; worked in educational publishing; travelled abroad for two years; and earned an Ed.D. at Columbia. While working for a student exchange organization, Dr. Grove taught a course on “cross-cultural communication in the classroom” at two universities.  He then taught in Beijing and co-authored Encountering the Chinese (3rd Ed., 2010). In 2005 in Singapore, he delivered a major conference paper on instructional styles worldwide. This inspired him to begin providing Americans with historical and cross-cultural perspectives on their children’s classroom learning. In his first book, The Aptitude Myth (2013), he revealed that the origin of Americans’ thinking about how children learn lies in the imaginations of ancient Greek philosophers. He then was invited to write entries on “pedagogy across cultures” for the Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence (2015), and the International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication (2018). In his forthcoming book, The Drive to Learn (2017), Dr. Grove focuses on the contrasts between U.S. and East Asian cultures, yielding fresh insights about the relation of parenting to school success.

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