Ways of Thinking About Thinking Styles

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Abstract

Reviews the book, The Nature of Intellectual Styles by Li-fang Zhang and Robert J. Sternberg (see record 2006-03602-000). A review of all the various models of thinking styles is an arduous undertaking, as these originate from different areas within psychology (cognition, social, education, personality), each with its own paradigmatic parameters. Yet this is precisely what Li-fang Zhang and Robert J. Sternberg do in The Nature of Intellectual Styles. The primary goal of this book is to propose a “new integrative model of intellectual styles” (p. 8). In doing so, the authors first provide a comprehensive review of research on intellectual styles. They then present their threefold model as an empirically based heuristic device that has the power to integrate the best theories of thinking styles. This is a welcomed contribution, and the authors are to be applauded for this effort. The greatest strength of the book, in our view, is this integrative review. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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