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Intellectual Character: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Get It


reviewed by Maria Cardelle-Elawar — 2003

coverTitle: Intellectual Character: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Get It
Author(s): Ron Ritchhart and David Perkins
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 078795683X, Pages: 272, Year: 2002
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Intellectual Character by Ron Ritchhart, breaks new ground for those interested in making learning environments more supportive of thinking and not just memorization for testing. “What stays from education are patterns of behavior, thinking and interactions…schools can do much to shape and influence these patterns. This is the kind of long term vision we need for education to be shapers of intellectual character.” (p. 9)   What comes to mind immediately about this book is its ring of authenticity in defining intellectual character. This concept is relevant for teaching students to be successful, and guiding them with strategies to use classroom content as a way of thinking more clearly about the real world. This book is written by someone who knows teacher education first hand. It is a lively read, and an excellent critique of the current orientation towards standardized testing. Written by someone who is both a researcher and teacher, this book is on the cutting edge of providing not only the impetus but also the much-needed insight... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1278-1281
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10999, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 8:14:38 PM

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  • Maria Cardelle-Elawar
    Arizona State University - West
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    MARIA CARDELLE-ELAWAR is Professor of Educational Psychology at Arizona State University, College of Education. Her research focus is on metacognitive instruction, math problem solving, and self-regulatory learning.
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