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The Value of Intellectual Styles


  • Date Published: September 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107082779

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  • Intellectual styles are individuals' preferred ways of using their abilities. This book provides the first comprehensive and systematic review of existing research on the value and desirability of different intellectual styles. By critically analyzing findings from hundreds of international studies undertaken over eight decades, Li-fang Zhang demonstrates that the creativity-generating Type I styles are generally superior to the norm-conforming Type II styles in relation to a wide range of learning processes and developmental outcomes, work performance, physical and mental health, and many other domains of people's lives. She further demonstrates that people explicitly and implicitly express their preference for Type I styles over Type II styles. Professor Zhang elucidates the practical value of cultivating diverse intellectual styles, especially Type I styles, in both academic and nonacademic settings, and lays the groundwork for future research to advance the field of intellectual styles and to inform scholarly work in other academic disciplines.

    • Should help clarify the confusion over the long-standing controversial issue regarding the value of intellectual styles - among researchers, practitioners, and the general public
    • Pertains to diverse academic disciplines and concerns various domains of people's lives across cultural contexts so researchers (both in the field and in other disciplines), educators, business professionals, and laypeople alike should find the book enlightening and useful
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Given her contributions to the field of intellectual styles, today Professor Zhang is a true leader of this field. This book is the most recent overview of the field; it presents its current status and sets the standards and parameters for its development.' Elena L. Grigorenko, Yale University, Connecticut

    'Standardized tests predict school and life success, but only to a modest or at best moderate degree. What are they missing? In her book, Li-fang Zhang suggests that a 'missing link' is intellectual styles - people's preferred ways of using the abilities they have. Although some have questioned the value of the style concept, Zhang makes a powerful and compelling case for their value, drawing on a range of empirical evidence that should leave no doubt in the mind of any serious reader regarding the value of the construct. This book will be important reading for anyone interested in understanding and improving prediction of life outcomes above and beyond what ca be gleaned from conventional standardized tests. The field is truly fortunate to have such a valuable and timely resource.' Robert J. Sternberg, Cornell University

    'If there is ever a book to advance the styles/strategies debate, this is it! Zhang mounts a spirited attack and defense of this literature and points us in an exciting direction.' John Hattie, University of Melbourne

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107082779
    • length: 406 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. General Introduction:
    1. Motivation for this book
    Part II. Empirical Evidence: Two Classic Variables and Intellectual Styles:
    2. Distinguishing intellectual styles from intelligence and personality
    3. Creativity and intellectual styles
    Part III. Empirical Evidence: Academic Settings:
    4. Intellectual styles in student learning processes and developmental outcomes
    5. Intellectual styles of school teachers and university academics
    Part IV. Empirical Evidence: Non-Academic Settings and Style Preferences:
    6. Intellectual styles in the workplace
    7. Intellectual styles among the mentally and physically disadvantaged
    8. Explicit and implicit intellectual style preferences
    Part V. Concluding Remarks:
    9. Conclusions, limitations, future directions, scientific significance, and practical implications

  • Author

    Li-fang Zhang, The University of Hong Kong
    Li-fang Zhang is Professor of Psychology and Education at The University of Hong Kong. She has published dozens of academic book chapters and books, and is the (co)author of over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and encyclopedic entries. Two of her award-winning monographs are entitled The Malleability of Intellectual Styles (Cambridge, 2013) and The Nature of Intellectual Styles (with Sternberg, 2006). Professor Zhang serves as Associate Editor of both the Journal of Educational Psychology and Educational Psychology, and is an editorial board member of several other psychology and education journals.

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