The Malleability of Intellectual Styles

The Malleability of Intellectual Styles

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Li-fang Zhang
Cambridge University Press, 1/23/2014
EAN 9781107096448, ISBN10: 1107096448

Hardcover, 382 pages, 23.1 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm
Language: English

Intellectual styles are individuals' preferred ways of using the abilities that they possess. The extent to which one can change his or her intellectual style is a question of interest to both researchers and the general public. This book presents the first comprehensive and systematic review of existing research on the malleability of intellectual styles. By critically analyzing research findings derived from both cross-sectional and longitudinal investigations performed over the past seven decades, Li-fang Zhang demonstrates that intellectual styles can be modified through both socialization and purposeful training. Professor Zhang elucidates the heuristic value of these findings for the development of adaptive intellectual styles in both academic and non-academic settings. She proposes further avenues of research that might advance scholarly understanding of the nature of and the potential for modifying intellectual styles.

Part I. Background
1. Motivation for this book
2. Key style models and measures
Part II. Empirical Evidence
Cross-sectional Studies
3. Gender and intellectual styles
4. Culture and intellectual styles
5. Academic discipline and intellectual styles
6. Occupation and intellectual styles
Part III. Empirical Evidence
Longitudinal Studies
7. Longitudinal studies with interventions
8. Longitudinal studies without interventions
Part IV. Concluding Remarks
9. Evaluation, future directions, and implications