Expansive education is an umbrella term coined to describe teachers, schools, colleges and organisations that are committed to focusing on the development of useful, transferable habits of mind throughout mainstream education. Other words for 'habits of mind' include 'capabilities', 'competences', 'attributes' and 'dispositions'. Those interested in expansive education tend to use this kind of language as part of a conscious attempt to be more precise about what young people are learning as well as knowledge and skills. Those interested in expansive education believe that the idea that education must be centrally about expanding young people's capacity to deal with real-world complexity and uncertainty and want to explore ways in which this vision can be turned into a practical reality.
Expansive Education is not the property of any one organisation but a phrase to describe the common ground which exists between many pioneering organisations, schools, colleges, universities and practitioners.