Intellectual styles are individuals' preferred ways of using the abilities that they possess. The extent to which one can change his or her intellectual style is a question of interest to both researchers and the general public. This book presents the first comprehensive and systematic review of existing research on the malleability of intellectual styles. By critically analyzing research findings derived from both cross-sectional and longitudinal investigations performed over the past seven decades, Li-fang Zhang demonstrates that intellectual styles can be modified through both socialization and purposeful training. Professor Zhang elucidates the heuristic value of these findings for the development of adaptive intellectual styles in both academic and non-academic settings. She proposes further avenues of research that might advance scholarly understanding of the nature of and the potential for modifying intellectual styles.
Li-fang Zhang is Professor of Psychology and Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong. She is the co-author of five books, including the award-winning monograph The Nature of Intellectual Styles (2006). Professor Zhang has also published works on such diverse research areas as creativity, giftedness, personality, student development, teacher education, higher education, multicultural education and the academic profession.
Preface; Acknowledgments; Part I. Background: 1. Motivation for this book; 2. Key style models and measures; Part II. Empirical Evidence: Cross-sectional Studies: 3. Gender and intellectual styles; 4. Culture and intellectual styles; 5. Academic discipline and intellectual styles; 6. Occupation and intellectual styles; Part III. Empirical Evidence: Longitudinal Studies: 7. Longitudinal studies with interventions; 8. Longitudinal studies without interventions; Part IV. Concluding Remarks: 9. Evaluation, future directions, and implications; Epilogue.