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We live in a time of vast changes that include accelerating globalization, mounting quantities of information, the growing hegemony of science and technology, and the clash of civilizations. Those changes call for new ways of learning and thinking in school, business, and the professions. Listen as psychologist Howard Gardner defines the cognitive abilities that will command a premium in the years ahead:

The disciplinary mind: mastery of major schools of thought
The synthesizing mind: ability to integrate ideas
The creating mind: capacity to uncover and clarify problems, questions, and phenomena
The respectful mind: awareness of and appreciation for differences among human beings
The ethical mind: fulfillment of one's responsibilities

Armed with these well-honed capacities, a person will be equipped to deal with what is expected in the future, as well as what cannot be anticipated. Without these "minds", individuals will be at the mercy of forces they can't understand: overwhelmed by information, unable to succeed in the workplace, and incapable of making judicious decisions about personal and professional matters.
Renowned worldwide for his theory of multiple intelligences, Gardner takes that thinking to the next level. Concise and engaging, this audiobook will inspire lifelong learning and provide valuable insights for those charged with training and developing organizational leaders - today and tomorrow.
©2007 Howard Gardner (P)2007 Gildan Media Corp
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"One of the most influential psychologists of his generation." ( The Economist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By David on 07-30-09

Helpful book, very poor reader

As someone who is in the midst of wrestling with what general education in 21st century higher education is all about, I found the concepts embedded in the five minds very familiar. In fact, everything from the disciplined mind with its "non-intuitive" ways of thinking to respectful and ethical minds is being emphasized and expanded in a number of institutions across the country, as well as my own. Gardner's organization of these complex ideas into five categories not only validated much of current thinking, but added clarity as well. Anyone with an interest in what our students should be taught and what it will mean to the future of our society if they are not will find this book of interest.

Unlike a previous reviewer I did not expect more about multiple intelligences, so I was not disappointed in that respect--I read reviews elsewhere before buying the book, so I was prepared for what was there.

Having expressed a positive opinion of the content I must express a strong negative opinion of the reader. I have not heard as many mispronunciations in all the audible books I have listened to over the years as there are in this one book. It is especially disappointing because this is the work of a well-known scholar. There are no pauses between sections--all the section headers (recognizable only as incomplete sentences)are read in the same run-on manner as the paragraphs. Not good. Do not let this reader near another book until he knows the difference between patios (as in dialect) and patios (as in those hard surfaced things in your back yards).

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1 out of 5 stars
By Don McGowan on 07-05-09

Complete disappointment, misleading description

I am a great fan of Howard Gardner's other work, most specifically his work on multiple intelligences. This book is not related to those books. Gardner is a psychologist and does best when describing, then drawing conclusions from empirical data. This book is normative - Gardner states that he is acting as an advisor to policymakers and not as a psychologist or researcher. The editorial review on this site doesn't call that out, and so if you're looking for a continuation of the themes Gardner has developed in his other work you will be disappointed here. Instead he talks about the five types of personality that he thinks will be important for future societies. Nothing new or inventive about this.

I perhaps shouldn't review the book because I didn't finish it. After about an hour I realized there were better things I could do with my time. But the fact that it caused me not to want to finish, that seems to be worth sharing. The portions that I did hear were exhortations on how to develop educational policy to promote certain ideas. I am not a policymaker so perhaps I'm not the right audience. But I didn't find anything he said to be particularly insightful in this regard either.

The narration style adds to the problems. It is annoyingly nasal. I was quite surprised to see that the narrator is not the author - author-narration would at least forgive choosing someone whose voice detracts from the material. But the fact that they paid someone money for this? Astonishing.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 07-01-18

Great book but very verbose

I enjoyed this book but found myself many times having to pause it to look up words the author used that would not exist in normal conversation. Gardner clearly has an excellent grasp of the English language but this does limit the appeal of the book to non academics like myself.

Good book though, really gives you much to think about

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3 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 12-30-17

Did not meet expectations

I expected more from this book. A few gems scatterrd among a lot of boring.

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