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We live in a time of relentless change. The only thing that's certain is that new challenges and opportunities will emerge that are virtually unimaginable today. How can we know which skills will be required to succeed?
In Five Minds for the Future, bestselling author Howard Gardner shows how we will each need to master "five minds" that the fast-paced future will demand:
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Published February 1st 2009 by Harvard Business School Press (first published February 2005)
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Dick Freed
Gardner, famous for his theory of Multiple Intelligences (the shocking (not really!) idea that genius is more than math and verbal, and that standardized tests such as the IQ and SAT ignore this reality), suggests a paradigm for 21st century education based on 5 cognitive abilities. Just as with his MI theory, Gardner's Five Minds doesn't strike the reader as anything new or revolutionary as you are reading it: his is the sort of genius that sneaks up on you. Yet he has neatly organized and deli ...more
Hope Harris-Gayles
This book was ok. I think the major lesson is that heavy academics should have journalists co-write or ghost write for them (ala Steven Levitt with Freakonomics). Gardner's thesis is sound, and I think he makes a good point for the types of minds we'll need in the future. But I think rather than a 167 page book, we would have all been better served by a nice 5-10 page article. My advice: read the cliff notes or find an article he's written about this. The ideas are worth knowing, but the book is ...more
Richard Stephenson
Pros: Good detail and evidence of research on the supposedly well defined different intelligences that have been observed through the ages. (Mostly) well written, decently presented, and (as always) I appreciated the audiobook format.

Cons: A little dense at times though this was expected given the nature and presentation of this book. Very light on “take-away” information as I found myself simply agreeing with the author’s conclusions as opposed to making notes on how to improve my life (my expe
Howard Gardner, a Harvard Jewish professor of psychology, is famous of his "Multiple Intelligences" theory, in his book "Intelligence Reframed" published in 1999, he outlines 8 types of intelligence:

1] Linguistic: Ability to talk, write & do public communication
2] Logic-Mathematic: Ability to think systematically-logically &
3] Visual-Spatial: Ability to think & work through the medium of images
4] Musical: You know what it means...
5] Kinesthetic: ability to use body t
This book is being categorized as Leadership and I have seen it shelved with the business books. In this book, in particular its description of the Respectful and Ethical minds, Gardner straddles a middle ground between developmental psychology (he cites Erik Erikson as a mentor and hero) and what used to be called civics. It addresses the skills that are necessary for success - discipline, some form of creativity, deep literacy in the tools of our profession - but just as importantly Gardner lo ...more
Nov 15, 2009 Claudia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Claudia by: Kathy
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 resona ...more
If your going to research Gardner, PLEASE START HERE! I don't think Gardner ever intended multiple intelligence theory to get so out of hand! The problem, in my opnion, was that while he was trying to reach an audience of business CEO's and perhaps psychiatrists and counselors, it was teachers accepted him. And that's where it got out of hand. Teachers are terrible students; rather than thinking about the content of a classroom in which they find themselves (in this case Gardner's previous books ...more
Amaury Sautour
I like the way Gardner presents the 5 described minds. This book kind of gives you the incentive to go beyond simply "attending" your life: curiosity, ethics, creativity, knowledge, it doesn't just come in a second, it can be a life long experience that requires effort, but the effort is worth the pain. You need to be an active member of your world, need to be aware of the people around you and far away from you. Give away selfishness and be a 21st century human being!
Alaa Bahabri
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Sally Schueler
Gardner explains the different ways in which we must be able to process information through the disciplined, synthesizing, creative, respectful and ethical minds. His argument is that with the ever changing world that we live in with globalization, the changing face of education, and especially in science and technology, it is vitally important to be able to master these “minds” or risk being essentially unable to cope in today’s information flooded and diverse society.

I read this for a class
Howard Garner articulates a call to action that we prioritize five types of thinking he sees as critical for success in the modern world. They are: discipline, synthesis, creativity, respect, and ethics. Gardner's case is compelling.
Interesting look at different aspects of the mind that should be developed in order to become a fully functional and successful member of today's society.
Billie Pritchett
Howard Gardner lays out "five minds" he thinks are necessary for future societies and workplaces in Five Minds for the Future. He even in a later chapter gives the order in which he believes these five different ways of thinking should be developed. I will try to tell you what they are from memory.

1. The Respectful Mind. Gardner thinks that people should develop a respectful mind early on in their life. Developing a respectful mind just minds developing respect for other people and their differe
Richard Stephenson
Rating: 2 / 5 Stars –> “It was okay”

Pros: Good detail and evidence of research on the supposedly well defined different intelligences that have been observed through the ages. (Mostly) well written, decently presented, and (as always) I appreciated the audiobook format.

Cons: A little dense at times though this was expected given the nature and presentation of this book. Very light on “take-away” information as I found myself simply agreeing with the author’s conclusions as opposed to making n
Gardner notes that the five "minds" he examines in this book are different from the eight or nine human intelligences that he examines in his earlier works. "Rather than being distinct computational capabilities, they are better thought of as broad uses of the mind that we can cultivate at school, in professions, or at the workplace." He refers to them as "minds" but they are really mindsets. Mastery of each enables a person to know how to work steadily over time to improve skill and understandi ...more
A decent, but not groundbreaking, book on how to prepare students for the future. Gardner is well known for being the pioneer of the Multiple Intelligences theory that we are all familiar with from our own time in school. That was a scientific theory meant to categorize certain types of learners, whereas this book is more a set of policy prescriptions for governments and societies to follow into the future.

Gardner argues that there are five different 'ways of thinking' or minds that should be ha
I think Gardner's five minds is a useful way to frame desired 21st century intelligences, but I didn't find this book particularly persuasive. The books reads more like a kind of academic thought experiment in which Gardner is thinking it through. He saves any kind of practical advice for application for a short final chapter, whereas I think that sort of advice should have constituted the majority of the book.

I wasn't fully convinced that these sorts of issues haven't already been discussed in
Garreth Heidt
Dec 12, 2010 Garreth Heidt rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all teachers
I don't know that there's anything new here, but Gardner's rhetorical device, these "Five Minds", works well as a rubric for the diverse modes of thought that will lead to success in the future. Daniel Pink does a more thorough job of discussing the importance of the creative and synthesizing minds, and their may be others who do a better job of discussing the ethical mind. However, Gardner's discussion of the Disciplined mind deserves a wide reading, for discipline is something while may be esp ...more
Aaron Bolin
Although the message is not new, I think the validating evidence behind Gardner's central premise is starting to pile up -- the jobs of the future are going to be based on thinking; many doing jobs are going to be automated or shipped to low-cost labor markets.

I found the book thought provoking in its presentation, but the material was largely a restatement of existing content. Someone new to Gardner would like the book and find it fresh.
"Five minds for the Future" has been a fantastic and inspiring read for me.
I think that I approached the book with reasonable expectations and that's why I was not disappointed. Now, what did I take away from it? The project of the book is an ambitious endeavour that can only be supported and achieved if people build upon it. You don't have to simply agree or disagree with what the author recommends. All you need is to be critical, but still experiment with the recommendations, even adapt them a
John Gardner's inspiring take on what 21st century education should be in order to produce the knowledge workers of the future. First section makes the case for depth of knowledge, or the need to attain mastery of a discipline (which overlaps with the cognitive science concept of reaching an "expert" level). Gardner says this takes 10 years. I've heard in Japan it takes at least 10 years to become a sushi chef. Gardner's four other types of minds for the future are the synthesizing mind, creatin ...more
The author shows how it is important to master five different "minds" for the future. These five minds include the Disciplined Mind, the Synthesizing Mind, the Creating Mind, the Respectful Mind, and the Ethical Mind.
Gardner offers an interesting approach to organizing our thinking about learning and teaching. It probably could have been a good bit shorter. Some of his examples go on a bit longer than needed to make the point. What I am taking a way and will share with other teachers I work with and train is the value of the overview. Taking a look at the bigger picture of the types of minds our development of them and then bring in how the multiple intelligences Gardner is famous four relate. Bringing all t ...more
Brian Ayres
Howard Gardner lays out his blueprint for future success in this now globalized economic world. However this is not necessarily made for the Harvard Business School Press crowd in which it was published. This is for every parent, teacher and stakeholder of a child growing up in the 21st century.

There are a lot of interesting points in this book, however much of a it can be skimmed because of Gardner's habit of repeating himself.

As a teacher, though, I thank Gardner for providing an argument agai
Arie Rahayu
Menarik insight-nya, hanya bahasanya agak berat.
So far, I'm sorry to say, this book is a two on a five point scale. Worth trudging through for information (as much about *what* is being written about as the content), mildly enjoyable, but not very original. Almost like Gardner is being a mouthpiece for something or someone else, or perhaps a summarizer. Perhaps I am being too harsh... This copy does have a nice cover however, with raised/embossed text and graphics.

Note: Haven't finished it yet.
Michael Jay
BRIEF: I want to model behavior for my students. I need to develop myself everyday, and make time to read. I ask them to do it; I should make myself the model and share my thought processes.

This book choice is for my development as a "teacher-leader", and I want to make sure these types of minds are the kinds that I cultivate, in class, in myself, and with my friends -- so I continue to surround myself with creativity, ingenuity, and purpose.
Quite the interesting take on the skills that we (and our children) will all need for life int eh 21st century and thereafter. The breakdown of cognitive skills/approaches into...
The disciplined mind
The synthesizing mind
The creating mind
The respectful mind
The ethical mind
...persuasive, though I though his argument for "respectful" weak. (I agree with the need, just thought that chapter could have been stronger.)

Andy Mitchell
An interesting overview of Howard Gardner's latest thinking.

He proposes that to be successful in the future, people will need to cultivate the following five "minds": disciplined, synthesizing, creating, respectful, and ethical.

I'd suggest against reading the whole book word-for-word. But pp. 154-158 have an excellent overview of the thesis. Start here, then pick and choose as needed from the rest of the book.
I actually didn't love this book. I thought that gardner could have used a fraction of the pages to explain this new evolution to his thinking. I appreciate the thoughts, as they gave me pause. Upon reflection I find the new theories merely observations and a bit flat world-ish. While I don't mind re-synthesizing, I don't believe that this concept warranted this much discussion. Do yourself a favour and find the cliff notes version.
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Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. He has received honorary degrees from 26 colleges and univers ...more
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