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Overview

As Robert J. Sternberg writes, A style is a way of thinking. It is not an ability, but rather a preferred way of using the abilities one has. Thinking Styles offers a complete theory of how different people think and learn. Combining personal anecdote with scientific study, Dr. Sternberg examines the variety of ways in which people develop and use their talents, and he argues that academic and professional criteria of ability often confuse differences in thinking styles with differences in intelligence.
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Editorial Reviews

Contemporary Psychology
Sternberg is a prolific and insightful writer. The ideas contained in this book may be useful to educators, employers, and psychologists. The information provided may help those in a position to make decisions about the value of others' contributuions more aware of stylistic differences that may have a great deal of impact on performance, but have very little to do with ability...[and] may help sensitize people to recognize the value of differences in mental self-government to help capitalize on those differences.
Providence Sunday Journal
[Sternberg's] examples are vivid and practical...Sternberg manages a clear, relatively jargon-free style and has organized his material in a user-friendly way.
Choice
A very readable book, which should interest a wide audience including upper-division undergraduates in education, psychology, and sociology.
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"Sternberg is a prolific and insightful writer. The ideas contained in this book may be useful to educators, employers, and psychologists. The information provided may help those in a position to make decisions about the value of others' contributions more aware of stylistic differences that may have a great deal of impact on performance, but have very little to do with ability...[and] may help sensitize people to recognize the value of differences in mental self-government to help capitalize on those differences." Contemporary Psychology

"[Sternberg's] examples are vivid and practical...Sternberg manages a clear, relatively jargon-free style and has organized his material in a user-friendly way." The Providence Sunday Journal

"[Sternberg's] ideas are provocative...They help explain why some of the very brightest kids flourish only after they've left their days of drab schooling far behind." Teacher Magazine

"A very readable book, which should interest a wide audience including upper-division undergraduates in education, psychology, and sociology." G.C. Gamst, Choice

"This is a thoughtfully constructed book that undertakes a fresh look at cognitive styles....The book is enjoyable and essential for all students, educators, employers, researchers and others interested in cognition and intelligence." Roseanne L. Flores, Readings

"In this stimulating and thought-provoking book, one of today's best-known psychologists provides a fascinating discussion of the many different ways people think and work today." Library and Information Science Annual

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521657136
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 What Are Thinking Styles and Why Do We Need Them? 3
2 Functions of Thinking Styles: The Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Styles 27
3 Forms of Thinking Styles: The Monarchic, Hierarchic, Oligarchic, and Anarchic Styles 44
4 Levels, Scope, and Leanings of Thinking Styles: The Global, Local, Internal, External, Liberal, and Conservative Styles 60
5 The Principles of Thinking Styles 79
6 The Development of Thinking Styles 99
7 Thinking Styles in the Classroom: What Have We Learned? 115
8 A Capsule History of Theory and Research on Styles 133
9 Why a Theory of Mental Self-government? 148
Notes 161
Index 173
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