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Handbook of Intellectual Styles

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Preferences in Cognition, Learning, and Thinking


  • Li-Fang Zhang PhD
  • Robert J. Sternberg PhD
  • Stephen Rayner PhD

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[B]ecause of the thoroughness of the literature reviews and the comprehensive coverage of the chapter topics, [this book] should be required reading for any scholar working in related areas of personality or intelligence."--PsycCRITIQUES

"This book is a masterly attempt to bring order and cohesion to a field that for many years has been riven with claims and counterclaims. The editors and authors are to be congratulated for addressing a very complex task so helpfully."

John Biggs, PhD
Honorary Professor of Psychology
University of Hong Kong

"If you are interested in intellectual stylesópeople's preferred ways of processing informationóthen this book belongs on your bookshelf."

Richard E. Mayer, PhD
Professor of Psychology
University of California, Santa Barbara

"For more than half a century, the construct of styleówhether designated as cognitive, thinking or learningóhas been in or out of fashion in the history of psychology and education. The editors of the present Handbook have invigorated the style construct in the form of intellectual styles, and have brought together a distinguished international panel of chapter authors who offer up-to-date surveys of the assessment, development, correlates, and educational and organizational applications of intellectual styles. For those seeking to familiarize themselves with current theory and research in an intellectually exciting field, the present Handbook is essential."

Nathan Kogan, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology
New School for Social Research, New York, NY

The concept of intellectual styles has had a controversial history based on diverse philosophical and theoretical foundations. Most recently, the idea of intellectual stylesóan umbrella term that covers such closely related constructs as "cognitive styles," "learning styles," "teaching styles," and "thinking styles"óhas gained momentum as an explanation for why different people succeed in different professional and organizational settings. Previously, it was thought that high-achievers simply had more innate abilities than their less successful peers, but research has shown that individuals have different intellectual styles that are better suited for varying types of contexts and problems.

Based on the most current and expansive research, this handbook is the first to provide a comprehensive review of research on the construct of intellectual style, from its foundations and development, to its relations to allied constructs, its roles in school and job performance, its applications in various populations, and its future.. This understanding of intellectual styles as a valid concept for both individuals and groups has far-reaching implications for researchers in cross-cultural psychology, multicultural education, organizational behavior and work performance, and many other academic disciplines, as well as practitioners in education and beyond.

Key Features:

  • Provides a comprehensive review of intellectual styles from multiple perspectives
  • Written for students and scholars in diverse academic arenas, as well as practitioners in education and other fields
  • Includes contributions from researchers from diverse disciplines, such as psychology, business, education, and health sciences

Product Details 

  • Publication Date October 20, 2011
  • Page Count 448
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826106674
  • EISBN 9780826106681

Table of Contents 


Part I. Introduction

    1. Intellectual Styles: Challenges, Milestones, and Agenda

Part II. Foundations of Intellectual Styles

    2. A Historical Review of the Styles Literature
    3. Understanding an Integrated Theory of Intellectual Styles: Models, Measures, and Meaning
    4. Measurement and Assessment of Intellectual Styles

Part III. Development of Intellectual Styles

    5. The Etiology of Intellectual Styles: Contributions from Intelligence and Personality
    6. Demographic Characteristics and Intellectual Styles
    7. Culture and Intellectual Styles

Part IV. Intellectual Styles in Relation to Allied Constructs

    8. Metacognition and Styles
    9. Intelligence and Intellectual Styles
    10. Creativity and Intellectual Styles
    11. Personality and Intellectual Styles

Part V. Intellectual Styles and Performance

    12. Academic Achievement and intellectual styles
    13. Learner Developmental Outcomes and Intellectual Styles
    14. Intellectual Styles, Management of Careers, and Improved Work Performance

VII. Applications of Intellectual Styles

    15. Applications of Styles in Educational Instruction and Assessment
    16. Understanding Styles in Organizational Behaviors: A Summary of Insights and Implications
    17. Intellectual Styles in Members of Different Professions
    18. Intellectual Styles of Exceptional Learners

Part VII. Integration, Conclusions, and Future Directions

    19. Looking back to the future