Education Commentary

Thinking Ahead

By Anne E. Das — April 24, 2007 1 min read

Best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, Howard Gardner, a psychologist and professor of cognition and education at Harvard University, sets forth in his new book, Five Minds for the Future, his prediction for which mental capacities will be of greatest need in the increasingly globalized, rapidly changing 21st-century world. The five “minds” of his title—the disciplinary mind, the synthesizing mind, the creating mind, the respectful mind, and the ethical mind—differ from “intelligences” in that they are processes instead of aptitudes, he explains—ones that we must further develop through learning. The following is an excerpt:

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A version of this article appeared in the April 25, 2007 edition of Education Week as Thinking Ahead