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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (419 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Howard Gardner Narrator: Mark Lee Adams Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781596598720
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We live in a time of 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. In this audiobook, psychologist Howard Gardner defines the cognitive abilities that will command a premium in the years ahead:



  • The disciplinary mind - master of major schools of thought.

  • The synthesizing mind - ability to integrate ideas.

  • The creating mind - capacity to uncover and clarity 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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 2/20/2014

    " Maybe it was because I read this in one-hour chunks, but I never felt Gardner's passion for his five minds...I can see this as an extension of his multiple intelligences, and this concept really fits my thinking better than MI did...just kind of luke warm...His five minds, disciplined, synthesizing, creating, respectful and ethical, are vital for all of us. This is the goal of a quality education -- to create people who are disciplined, creative, respectful and ethical. His stories didn't resonate with me, somehow; I felt like he could have said it all in what is his epilogue...maybe this wasn't a book, but a really long article. But, when you're Howard Gardner, you can write the book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Reznick Renner | 2/20/2014

    " I wasn't as inspired by this book as I hoped to be. It seemed to be a rather quick survey of the territory, an easy read but not so well supported or fleshed out. I do think the topic is important, I have the utmost respect for Gardner and I would love to see these thoughts developed more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Mastalski | 2/1/2014

    " As a leadership educator I found Gardner's book interesting and something to include as a resource for anyone in higher ed who thinks about what the future should include. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Berner | 1/29/2014

    " The question is: How do you implement this in practice - specially now, that the technology changes our brains and how they function. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 G | 1/25/2014

    " proposes five "minds" that must be cultivated for the successful existence of humanity into the future. potentially interesting/helpful for educators and leaders when designing framework for guidance. argument made for the necessity of the five minds was valid but not particularly overwhelming vs. other types of minds. also writes from a more liberal-bent, not necessarily good or bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob Springall | 1/24/2014

    " I couldn't gather the energy to finish it. Interesting ideas in an inaccessible writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Agrevelink | 1/15/2014

    " This is soulfood for the philosophers of wisdom and learning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morten Oddvik | 1/11/2014

    " Some interesting ideas on minds for the future. Inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 8/7/2013

    " Gardner discusses five minds that will be needed for success in the future "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Lilienstein | 8/3/2013

    " Interesting, but I resonated more strongly with Multiple Intelligences & Frames of Mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Labmom | 6/5/2013

    " What I most appreciate about Gardner's book is that when speaking about unnamed, hypothetical people, he often employs the feminine pronoun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Intlekofer | 1/18/2013

    " This book was good, but even though Gardner stated that he would give a lot of information on how to nurture each mind, many of the suggestions were a little vague and unspecific. I would have liked to get more practical recommendations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 10/21/2012

    " We, perhaps, might change our school curricula to include the skills that citizens of the future need.. like ethics, how to synthesize information, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ghostlibrarian | 8/27/2012

    " Gardner presents an interesting idea. Some of the chapters were not as well developed as others. However, I was able to get ideas of my own concerning future assessment and curriculum so I'm happy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy Rogers | 4/18/2012

    " I hate, hate, hate this book! Gardner writes like a high school kid - let's see how we can stretch this little concept into a whole chapter with tons of inane filler. I had to read this for a class I was taking and the margins are now covered with expletives. Don't waste your time on this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gloria Stone | 3/12/2012

    " Never actually finished this book, but read 3/4 of it. Gardner writes like an arrogant, schmuck, so it is hard to put up with. Interesting thoughts though on what sort of "mind" will benefit our children in the future, the implications for education and the current gap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ramona | 2/29/2012

    " Some very interesting commentary on the need for ethics and respect in educating future generations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maribel | 9/3/2011

    " What kind of people do we want to live around? They are ones who have learn to harness the disciplined, synthesizing, respectful, creating, and ethical mind. Each one of these "minds" allows us to view and more fully appreciate our humanity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 8/27/2011

    " I read this for the class on creativity that I teach. I align with a lot of what Gardner has to say about 21st century skills. There's a great article by Duening called "5 minds for the Entrepreneurial Future" that borrows from Gardner and advances a lot of his ideas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dick Nepon | 6/8/2011

    " More great GArdiner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shappi | 5/1/2011

    " I like Gardner, but I was not a huge fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Agrevelink | 1/5/2011

    " This is soulfood for the philosophers of wisdom and learning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Limestone | 4/13/2010

    " 5 Minds: .Disciplined .Synthetic .Creative .Respectful .Ethical "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 3/4/2010

    " I read Gardner's Multiple Intelligences and enjoyed it and so far this one is great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 1/31/2010

    " Common sense hidden behind large words "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ramona | 10/4/2009

    " Some very interesting commentary on the need for ethics and respect in educating future generations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 7/19/2009

    " Gardner discusses five minds that will be needed for success in the future "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morten | 5/29/2009

    " Some interesting ideas on minds for the future. Inspiring. "

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About the Author
Author Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and senior director of Harvard Project Zero. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and twenty-one honorary degrees, he is the author of more than twenty books, including Multiple Intelligences, Changing Minds, Intelligence Reframed, and Five Minds for the Future. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.