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Surpassing Ourselves: An Inquiry into the Nature and Implications of Expertise


reviewed by Ralf Th. Krampe 1995

coverTitle: Surpassing Ourselves: An Inquiry into the Nature and Implications of Expertise
Author(s): Carl Bereiter, Marlene Scardamalia
Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company, Chicago
ISBN: 0812692055, Pages: 279, Year: 1993
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Carl Bereiter and Marlene Scardamalia have written an inspiring book that provides insight into experts' continuous struggle to go beyond what they have already achieved. No, the book is not another collection of anecdotes from biographies of heroic geniuses or a self-guide for the aspiring expert performer. Quite the opposite. Surpassing Ourselves is one of those rare books that are both solidly based on empirical research and develop scientific theories into ideas with striking practical implications for schooling and the development of society. The authors give an accessible inside psychological view of problem solving and the characteristics of expert performance. The commonsense perception of expert performance and creative achievement as results of rare events taking place in unusually gifted individuals is shown in a convincing manner to be mistaken. This has been known in the scientific community for some time and here is where most research and theorists stop. Bereiter and Scardamalia extend the scope of their approach by turning the perspective from the expert individual to what... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 97 Number 2, 1995, p. 332-333
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1430, Date Accessed: 4/24/2018 10:48:09 PM

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