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Perspectives on the Nature of Intellectual Styles

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Perspectives on the Nature of Intellectual Styles

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Author: , Robert Sternberg PhD


  • Li-Fang Zhang PhD

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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.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 22, 2009
  • Page Count 328
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826104601
  • EISBN 9780826104618

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