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

ISBN-10: 0787972789

ISBN-13: 9780787972783

Edition: 2001

Authors: Ron Ritchhart

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/25/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of Tables, Figures, and Exhibits
Foreword: Six Intellectual Characters in Search of an Author
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Author
The Case for Intellectual Character
Failing at Smart: Or What's an Education For?
Where Are We? A Look at the Current State of Teaching
What Are We Teaching For?
What Should We Be Teaching For?
Moving Forward
Rethinking Smart: The Idea of Intellectual Character
Missing the Mark with IQ
Beyond Ability: The Idea of Intellectual Character
Which Dispositions?
Acting Smart: How Thinking Dispositions Close the Ability-Action Gap
A Disposition in Action
Some Additional Perspectives on Dispositions
A New Model of Dispositions Emerges
Creating Environments that Support the Development of Intellectual Character
From Models to Practice
Fostering Intellectual Character in Our Schools
First Days, First Steps: Initiating a Culture of Thinking
Conveying a Sense of the History of Thought and the Power of Ideas
Jumping into a Big Subject-Matter Issue
Laying a Foundation for Ongoing Dialogue
Setting an Agenda of Understanding
The Importance of the First Days of School
Thinking Routines: Creating the Spaces and Structures for Thinking
The Form and Function of Routines
Thinking Routines: A Special Type of Routine
Thinking Routines in Action
The Importance of Thinking Routines
Language and Thinking: Prompting, Priming, and Patterning
Learning to Think by Talking
Ways of Talking, Ways of Thinking
The Language of Thinking
The Language of Mindfulness
The Power of Language
Thought-Full Environments: Sustaining a Culture of Thinking
Opportunities for Thinking
The Teacher as a Model of Thinking
Classroom Attitudes and Interactions
Making Thinking Visible in the Environment
Identifying the Thought-Full Classroom
Moving Toward the Ideal of Intellectual Character
Beyond Technique: Where Teaching for Intellectual Character Begins
Exploring Foundations
Sketches of the Teachers
Where It Begins
Three Lessons: What to Keep in Mind About Teaching for Intellectual Character
The Importance of Teachers' Dispositions
Breaking the Rules of So-Called Effective Teaching
Thinking and Understanding Are a Powerful Mix
In Closing
Some Practical Advice: How to Get Started Teaching for Intellectual Character
Start with Yourself
Enlist Others in the Process
Look at Your Teaching Practice
Take It to the Classroom
Give It Time
In Closing
Appendix
Methodological Notes
Teacher Selection
Classroom Observations
Teacher Interviews
The Repertory Grid Methodology
Reflections and Critique
Notes
References
Index
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