Perspectives on the Nature of Intellectual Styles

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...provide[s] and in-depth review of intellectual styles...All the contributors provide important information...Each chapter includes extensive references...Summing up: Recommended.


Teachers too often assume that student performance levels are based solely on the student's intelligence, effort, and motivation. This book takes a unique perspective, arguing that the difference in students' performance may be nothing more than differences in intellectual styles of learning or thinking. Intellectual styles simply refer to individualized ways of processing information.

This stimulating and provocative text integrates the most recent theories and research on intellectual styles. The internationally acclaimed contributors address cutting-edge, controversial issues in the field that have yet to be resolved, including whether certain intellectual styles are better than others, how creativity affects intellectual style, and whether styles are traits or states.

Key Features:

  • Distinguishes intellectual styles from other constructs, such as intellectual capacity or effort levels

    Situates the field of styles within the larger context of the psychological, educational, and business literatures

    Provides concrete guidelines for researchers, teachers, and employers to apply the concept of intellectual styles to educational and business settings

  • Researchers, teachers, employers, psychologists, and students will find this book to be a fascinating, engaging read, offering a breadth and depth of insight into the nature of intellectual styles.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826104601
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/22/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Sternberg is currently Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University, where he is also Professor of Psychology. He was previously IBM Professor of Psychology and Education at Yale University. Dr. Sternberg received his PhD from Stanford and is the recipient of ten honorary doctorates. Moreover, he has won more than two dozen awards for his work. He is a former president of the American Psychological Association and the author of over 1,200 books, articles, and book chapters. His main research interests include intelligence, creativity, wisdom, intellectual styles, and leadership.

Li-fang Zhang, PhD is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of Hong Kong, where she served as Associate Dean between 2007 and 2010. She is the author of nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles, books, and book chapters. Her two recent books (both with Robert J. Sternberg) are entitled The Nature of Intellectual Styles and Perspectives on the Nature of Intellectual Styles. She serves on the editorial boards of Educational Psychology and Educational Psychology Review. Her main research interests include intellectual styles, giftedness, personality, and student learning and development in higher education.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. A Duplex Model of Cognitive Style

Chapter 2. The Disposition to Understand for Yourself at University and Beyond:
Learning Processes, the Will to Learn, and Sensitivity to Context

Chapter 3. Revisiting the Value Issue in Intellectual Styles

Chapter 4. How Are Intellectual Styles Related to Creativity Across Multiple Domains?

Chapter 5. Re-affirming Style as an Individual Difference - Toward a Global Paradigm or Knowledge Diaspora?


Chapter 6. Problem Solving, Creativity, and the Level-Style Distinction

Chapter 7. The Place of Cognitive Style in Pedagogy: Realising Potential in Practice

Chapter 8. Learning Styles Applied: Harnessing Students' Instructional Style Preferences

Chapter 9. What is so Stylish about Styles? Comments on the Genetic Etiology of Intellectual Styles

Chapter 10. Cognitive Styles and their Relevance for Business and Management: A Review of Development over the Past Two Decades

Epilogue--Intellectual styles: Nehru Jacket or Solid Blue Blazer?

Author index

Subject index

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