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Introduction to “Life-Long Learning: A Blog in Education”

Like many of my friends and colleagues, I have spent my entire life in education. Indeed, from the time that I went to preschool at the home of “Aunt Eunice and Uncle Gar” (not relatives) in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in the late 1940s, I’ve been in school: K-12, college, doctoral, and postdoctoral studies, then teaching and […]

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Lectures on Intelligence, Creativity, and Leadership

In January 2017, Howard Gardner delivered a series of three lectures at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. These lectures revisited three topics that Gardner has studied over many years: intelligence, creativity, and leadership. Having written books about each of these threads (see his work on MI, Creating Minds, and Leading Minds), about half of each […]

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“Five Minds for the Future” Interview

Howard Gardner’s 2009 book Five Minds for the Future describes five specific dispositions that will be important for people to master in the future. These five capacities are: the disciplined mind, the synthesizing mind, the creating mind, the respectful mind, and the ethical mind. In the fourth edition of the Spanish-language periodical Plurilingüismo e Innovación Educativa, Gardner participated […]

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Recommendation Inflation

Letters of recommendation are a standard requirement of most academic and program admission applications, and most people have either written one or had one written for them in their lives. But are letters of recommendation an honest appraisal of the candidates and applicants that they describe? In The Chronicle of Higher Education, Howard Gardner argues in […]

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Spreading Scientific Understanding

“What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?” This was the question asked of a number of experts by Edge.org, a website published and edited by author John Brockman, at the start of 2017. Howard Gardner answered that historiometrics, the field of study that explores human progress and the differences in individual […]

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