Ritchhart, Ron

Intellectual character : what it is, why it matters, and how to get it Ron Ritchhart - San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass, 2002 - 303 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. pbk - Jossey-Bass education series. .

"In Intellectual Character, Ritchhart introduces the concept of intellectual character and explores how a "dispositional" view of intelligence - focusing on dispositions such as curiosity, skepticism, and open-mindedness - departs from traditional abilities-based views of what it means to be smart. Drawing on research of classroom practice, the author examines how teachers go about establishing a classroom culture that promotes the thinking dispositions they value. He offers detailed examples from individual classrooms to describe how teachers establish norms and create a foundation for thinking early in the school year. Exploring the role of routines for thinking and the uses of language as a tool for thinking, Ritchhart looks at how teachers can effectively prompt, prime, and pattern students' thinking." "Moving beyond merely reporting research findings, Ritchhart reveals ways that educators can make the development of students' intellectual character a reality in the settings in which they work. He provides a wealth of practical exercises, questions, strategies, and advice to help teachers, administrators, and parents explore what it means to teach for intellectual character."--Jacket.


Effective teaching
Learning, Psychology of
Cognitive styles

Social Sciences

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