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On “Bad Work” in the Academy: Recognizing It, Thwarting it

by Howard Gardner For many years, my colleagues and I have sought to identify the factors that increase the likelihood that good work will be carried out. We have considered a variety of factors, including the early formative influences, the contributions of models and mentors, one’s colleagues on the job, the norms and examples celebrated […]

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Drawing the Line: Dealing with Difficult Dilemmas

By Howard Gardner By definition, dilemmas are difficult situations where the optimal course of action is unclear. Recently, two dilemmas facing our society have emerged with considerable force. Not only do they call for resolution, they encourage us to reflect on how best to anticipate, think about, and resolve a range of difficult choices. Dilemma […]

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The Good Project and COVID-19

by Howard Gardner, Shelby Clark, and Kirsten McHugh At this time—unprecedented for almost everyone—it is important for those of us who have so far remained healthy to consider what we might do that is constructive for others. And for those of us who curate this website, the following question arises and looms large: After over […]

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The Two Facets of Joel Kupperman (1936-2020)

by Howard Gardner We were having breakfast at the kitchen table and my wife Ellen said “This obituary in the New York Times will interest you.” Indeed, it did! Ellen had not heard of Joel Kupperman (age 83, died on April 8, 2020, in an assisted living facility in Brooklyn, probably of COVID19).  But I […]

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Intertwining “Multiple Intelligences” and “Good Work”

by Howard Gardner Close to forty years after I first began to write about the concept “Multiple Intelligences,” the topic still dominates my mailbox, with questions arising each day, often from scholars, researchers, or educators in remote corners of the world. And while nearly every question has been posed before, I try when possible to […]

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