Harvard Universal Press
|Number of Pages
In the book, Howard Gardner elucidates on the different types of minds that the society will require in order to flourish in the imminent future. Five Minds for the Future also applies emphasis upon the kind of minds that need to be cultivated in a world where change is inevitable.
Gardner, after a lot of research, has classified minds of individuals into five different types, based on the various ways that an individual perceives, thinks and acts. They are The Disciplined Mind, The Synthesising Mind, The Creating Mind, The Respectful Mind, and The Ethical Mind.
While the first three types are concerned with intellect, the latter two deal with character. According to Gardner, these different ways of thinking have to be instilled into students by educators to provide intellectual as well as personality development. Five Minds for the Future stresses on the importance revolutionizing the system of education along with the changing times. The book calls for a more future-oriented education system as opposed to the existing system which focuses most on academic accomplishments.
Gardner highlights the need for innovative ideas and non-linear thinking to resolve highly intricate problems which will the world is currently facing and will face in the impending future. Through Five Minds for the Future, the author advises educationalists to develop the five different minds mentioned in the book by providing to students, examples of well-known figures who have portrayed such minds.
Five Minds for the Future explains to educationalists the necessity of instilling into growing minds, the practice of both intellectual and reflective thinking, so that they grow up into a populace that is competent in facing the unseen yet complex challenges of the future.
About Howard Gardner
Howard Gardner is an author and an American developmental psychologist among many other things.
As an author, he has written more than twenty books which have been translated into thirty languages, but is most famous for the book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences won him the Prince of Asturias Award 2011 in Social Sciences. Besides Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Howard Gardner has also authored Changing Minds, Extraordinary Minds and many other books.
Born on July 11, 1943 to of Ralph Gardner and Hilde Weilheimer, Gardner presently teaches at the Harvard University as the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education. Besides this, he is also Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero and the co-director of the GoodWork Project since 1955. Howard Gardner is married to Ellen Winner and together they have a son, Benjamin. He also has three other children, Kerith, Jay, and Andrew from a previous marriage. Gardner has been quoted calling himself 'a studious child who gained much pleasure from playing the piano.' For his contributions, Gardner has received many awards including, the MacArthur Prize Fellowship and the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education. He also is the recipient of many honorary degrees conferred upon him by universities and colleges across the globe.