Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elizabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero.
Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiples intelligences, a critique of the notion that there exists but a single human intelligence that can be assessed by standard psychometric instruments. For over two decades, he and colleagues at Project Zero have been working on the design of performance-based assessments; education for understanding; the use of multiple intelligences to achieve more personalized curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and the nature of interdisciplinary efforts in education. Since 1995, in collaboration with psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and William Damon, Gardner has studied GoodWork – work that is at once excellent in quality, personally engaging, and socially responsible. Building on over 1,200 in depth interviews in 9 professions, the GoodWork is now disseminating key insights to students and young professionals.
Gardner is the author of several hundred articles and two dozen books translated into twenty-six languages, including Changing Minds; The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People’s Minds; Good Work; When Excellence and Ethics Meet; The Disciplined Mind; Beyond Facts and Standadized Tests; The K-12 Education That Every Child deserves; Multiple Intelligences; new Horizons; The Development and Education of the Mind; and Making Good: How Young People Cope with Moral Dilemmas at Work (with Wendy Fischman, Becca Solomon, and Deborah Greenspan).
Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. In 1990. He was the first American to receive the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award in Education, and in 2000 he received a Fellowship from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He has received honorary degrees from twenty-one colleges and universities, including institutions in Ireland, Italy, Israel, and Chile. He is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Education.
*** We live in a time of vast changes that include accelerating globalization, mounting quantities of information, the growing hegemony of science and technology, and the clash of civilizations. Those changes call for new ways of learning and thinking in school, business and the professions. In Five Minds for the Future, noted psychologist Howard Gardner defines the cognitive abilities that will command a premium in the years ahead:
· the disciplinary mind-mastery of major schools of thought (including science, mathematics, and history)and of at least one professional craft
· the synthesizing mind-ability to integrate ideas from different disciplines or spheres into a coherent whole and to communicate that integration to others
· the creating mind-capacity to uncover and clarify new problems, questions, and phenomena
· the respectful mind-awareness of and appreciation for differences among human beings
· the ethical mind-fulfillment of one's responsibilities as a worker and a citizen
Armed with these well-honed capacities, a person will be equipped to deal with what is expected in the future-as well as what cannot be anticipated. Without these "minds", individuals will be at the mercy of forces they can't understand-overwhelmed by information, unable to succeed in the workplace, and incapable of making judicious decisions about personal and professional manners.
Renowned worldwide for his theory of multiple intelligences, Gardner takes that thinking to the next level in this book. Concise and engaging, Five Minds for the Future will inspire lifelong learning in any reader and provide valuable insights for those charged with training and developing organizational leaders-today and tomorrow. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
(From the Back Cover)
*** Psychologist, author and Harvard professor Gardner (Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons) has put together a thought-provoking, visionary attempt to delineate the kinds of mental abilities ("minds") that will be critical to success in a 21st century landscape of accelerating change and information overload. Gardner's five minds-disciplined, synthesizing, creating, respectful and ethical-are not personality types, but ways of thinking available to anyone who invests the time and effort to cultivate them: "how we should use our minds." In presenting his "values enterprise," Gardner uses a variety of explanatory models, from developmental psychology to group dynamics, demonstrating their utility not just for individual development, but for tangible success in a full range of human endeavors, including education, business, science, art, politics and engineering. A tall order for a single work, Gardner avoids overly-technical arguments as well as breezy generalizations, putting to fine use his twenty years experience as a cognitive science researcher, author and educator, and proving his world-class reputation well-earned. Though specialists might wish Gardner dug a bit more into the research, most readers will find the book lively and engaging, like the fascinating lectures of a seasoned, beloved prof.
(From Publishers Weekly)