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An Extraordinary Commentary on the Festschrift “Mind, Work, and Life”

by Howard Gardner I was thrilled–though also a bit skeptical—when my wife, Ellen Winner, and my long time colleague, Mindy Kornhaber, proposed a Festschrift (a celebratory book) to make my 70th birthday. My skepticism evaporated when over 100 friends and colleagues wrote appreciations, which were compiled in two hefty volumes. And I was tremendously touched […]

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Why So Many Students Spurn $50/hour ($100K/year)

by Howard Gardner In our large national study of higher education, we sought the participation of 1000 students (100 at each campus).  We proposed to interview students for about an hour, asking them a range of questions about their college experience. Standard practice in the field of interviewing is to pay students $20-25 an hour; […]

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Video: Gardner Interviewed in Chile

In August 2018, Howard Gardner traveled to South America to visit both Chile and Brazil and speak regarding his work on The Good Project and the book Changing Minds. During his trip, Gardner had the opportunity to be interviewed by journalist Humberto Sichel for the CNN Chile program “Futuro 360.” A video of this interview, […]

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What’s in a Name? The Puzzle of the Liberal Arts

by Sophie Blumert At the end of every interview in our national study of higher education, we ask the same question: “What does the phrase ‘liberal arts’ mean to you?” We find that many answers left much to be desired—students across diverse campuses have only the vaguest ideas about what the liberal arts are, or […]

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Beyond “Pure” Mental Models of College: Parallel Versus Intertwined

by Jeffrey Robinson How do students view the purpose of college? What do they value—the piece of paper they receive at the end, the courses that they take, the social and extracurricular opportunities, or the overall experience? In our large national study of higher education, we have interviewed more than 1,000 students who come from […]

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