Development and Education of the Mind

In the World Library of Educationalists series, international experts compile career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest pieces, including extracts from books, key articles, salient research findings, and major theoretical and/practical contributions, so the work can be read in a single manageable volume. Readers will be able to follow the themes and strands of their work and see their contribution to the development of a field.

A developmental psychologist by training, Howard Gardner has spent the last 30 years researching, thinking, and writing about the development and education of the mind. He has contributed over 30 books and 700 articles to the field. He is best known for his critique of the notion that there exists one single human intelligence that can be assessed through psychometric tests. Instead, Gardner developed the theory of multiple intelligences, which states that an individual has eight relatively autonomous intelligences:

  • Language
  • Music
  • Emotional
  • Logical-mathematical
  • Spatial
  • Kinesthetic
  • Creative
  • Interpersonal (understanding oneself)

This theory has proved popular, particularly with those who see the IQ testing a relatively narrow set of abilities. For more information, please visit MIOasis.

In this book, Gardner brings together over 20 of his key writings in one place. The book begins with a specially written introduction, which gives an overview of Howard’s career and contextualizes his selections in this book. Through his selections, we can see the development of his thinking as well as the development of the field. This is the only book that offers this insight into this great scholar’s work.

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