Thinking Styles / Edition 1

Thinking Styles / Edition 1

by Robert J. Sternberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 052165713X

ISBN-13: 9780521657136

Pub. Date: 03/28/1999

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In our society, the recognition of talent depends largely on idealized and entrenched perceptions of academic achievement and job performance. In Thinking Styles, psychologist Robert Sternberg argues that ability often goes unappreciated and uncultivated not because of lack of talent, but because of conflicting styles of thinking and learning. Using a variety of…  See more details below

Overview

In our society, the recognition of talent depends largely on idealized and entrenched perceptions of academic achievement and job performance. In Thinking Styles, psychologist Robert Sternberg argues that ability often goes unappreciated and uncultivated not because of lack of talent, but because of conflicting styles of thinking and learning. Using a variety of examples that range from scientific studies to personal anecdotes, Dr. Sternberg presents a theory of thinking styles that aims to explain why aptitude tests, school grades, and classroom performance often fail to identify real ability. He believes that criteria for intelligence in both school and the workplace are unfortunately based on the ability to conform rather than to learn. He takes this theory a step farther by stating that "achievement" can be a result of the compatability of personal and institutional thinking styles, and "failure" is too often a result of a conflict of thinking styles, rather than a lack of intelligence or aptitude. Dr. Sternberg presents his revolutionary ideas in a way that is accessible to any educated reader. This provocative book suggests a real change in how we measure achievement and will inspire educators, employers, and parents alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521657136
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
196
Sales rank:
987,394
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Nature of Thinking Styles: 1. What are thinking styles and why do we need them?; 2. Functions of mental self-government; 3. Forms of mental self-government; Part II. The Theory of Mental Self-government: 4. Levels, scope, and leanings of mental self-government; 5. Principles of styles of thinking; 6. The development of thinking styles; 7. Thinking styles in the classroom: what have we learned?; Part III. Thinking Styles in Home, School, and Society: 8. A capsule history of theory and research on styles; 9. Why a theory of mental self-government?

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