Howard Gardner Under Fire

Overview

Howard Gardner is most celebrated for his conception and development of the theory of Multiple Intelligences, which has revolutionized educational thinking. Gardner has also made outstanding original contributions to the study of leadership, creativity, child development, and humanly-fulfilling work.

Prior to Gardner's Frames of Mind (1983), there was little sustained theoretical opposition to the reigning paradigm of IQ, in which it is supposed that intelligence is a single ...

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Overview

Howard Gardner is most celebrated for his conception and development of the theory of Multiple Intelligences, which has revolutionized educational thinking. Gardner has also made outstanding original contributions to the study of leadership, creativity, child development, and humanly-fulfilling work.

Prior to Gardner's Frames of Mind (1983), there was little sustained theoretical opposition to the reigning paradigm of IQ, in which it is supposed that intelligence is a single concept known as 'g', exhibiting itself in scholastic attainment and detectable by a narrow range of puzzle-solving tests. Gardner transformed the discussion of intelligence and education by making a powerful case that there are several forms of intelligence, some of which express themselves in activities not traditionally considered academic.

In Creating Minds (1993), Gardner provoked a Gestalt switch in public understanding of creative genius, by analyzing the lives and achievements of seven diverse personalities from Einstein to Picasso, each of whom founded a new "system of meaning." With Project Zero, Gardner directed research into children's artistic development, yielding many controversial conclusions and providing new ideas for educators. Gardner's GoodWork Project is a broad empirical investigation of the experiences of professional workers in a range of occupations, seeking the conditions most conducive to work which is "good" both ethically and technically. His Changing Minds (2004) applied findings from cognitive psychology to explain how people's deep-rooted convictions can be changed. All these and other topics are explored in this volume, by way of a debate between Gardner and his critics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812696042
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Under Fire Series , #2
  • Pages: 407
  • Sales rank: 1,306,851
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


About the Authors     x
Acknowledgments     xvi
Introduction   Jeffrey A. Schaler     xvii
A Blessing of Influences   Howard Gardner     1
Development and Education
What Develops (and How?)   Deanna Kuhn     33
Becoming Responsible for Who We Are: The Trouble with Traits   David R. Olson     39
Multiple Intelligences
Multiple Invalidities   John White     45
Geocentric Theory: A Valid Alternative to Gardner's Theory of Intelligence   Nathan Brody     73
Is the Ability to Make a Bacon Sandwich a Mark of Intelligence?, and Other Issues: Some Reflections on Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences   Susan M. Barnett   Stephen J. Ceci   Wendy M. Williams     95
On Spirituality   T. M. Luhrmann     115
Case Studies
Creativity in Creating Minds   Dean Keith Simonton     143
Creativity Is Always Personal and Only Sometimes Social   Mark A. Runco     169
Gardner on Leadership   Robert Spillane     183
Good Work
The Second Gardner's Late Shift: From Psychology to Outer Space?   Carlos E. Vasco     203
Changing Minds About GoodWork?   Anna Craft     217
Arts Education
Artful Practice: A Reflexive Analysis   Graeme Sullivan     231
Considering the U-Curve   David Pariser     255
Replies to My Critics   Howard Gardner     277
Reply to Deanna Kuhn     286
Reply to David Olson     289
Reply to John White     295
Reply to Nathan Brody     297
Reply to Susan Barnett, Stephen Ceci, and Wendy Williams     300
Reply to Tanya Luhrmann     302
Reply to Dean Keith Simonton     308
Reply to Mark Runco     313
Reply to Robert Spillane     316
Reply to Carlos Vasco     322
Reply to Anna Craft     329
Reply to Graeme Sullivan     333
Reply to David Pariser     336
Howard Gardner Bibliography     345
Index     397
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