Book review: perspectives on the nature of intellectual styles, L.F. Zhang, R.J. Sternberg (Eds.). Springer Publishing Company, New York (2009), 310 pages, ISBN: 978-0-8261-0461-8

Timothy Duffy

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Coffield, Moseley, Hall, and Ecclestone's (2004) review of the “state of the art” has perhaps had an impact on theorists and practitioners' use of terminology, use of assessment instruments with questionable reliability and validity, and the practical value of such research. Learning style supporters have taken a step back to reflect on what is valuable in relation to this wide ranging, sometimes confusing and often contradictory area of research and practice. To a large extent this book is a result of such a step back with associated reflection.

The main goal of this book is to provide a comprehensive overview of the most recent theories and research on intellectual styles. This book is targeted at a range of readers including researchers, educators, psychologists, consultants, leaders in academic institutions and business settings and laypeople. It is edited by two well known experts and chapters are written by many leading worldwide experts in the field of intellectual styles. Two main sections are provided, the first with a focus on a selection of models and the second with a focus on applications of intellectual styles. There is little doubt that this book provides an excellent resource of material for the intended audience, although at times the technical nature of some of the content may prove difficult for the lay reader.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-323
Number of pages3
JournalLearning and Individual Differences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010


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