#Change11 #CCK12 A reflection of Howard Gardner’s 5 different minds & What sort of questions to ask

Here is Howard Gardner’s video

Howard mentions the 5 different minds:

1. Disciplinary

2. Synthesising

3. Creating

4. Respectful

5. Ethical

I am particularly interested in his comments on

(a) kiss up, kick down – that is a bad joke, and is rather “disrespectful” in education.  My interpretation is that such culture of “pleasing” others in order to achieve one’s goals seems to be overly “selfish” and egoistic, where a professional could lose his/her integrity if he or she practises in such a way in the profession.  I think it is important to share our views on this “practice” critically, especially in institutions, rather than shying away from examining the impact of such practice or “cultures” that may influence our reputation as an educator.

(b) the ethical meltdown in young people.

Howard emphasizes the five different areas of ethics at this digital age:

1. Identity

2. Privacy

3. Ownership and authorship

4. Credibility and trustworthiness

5. Participation

Here Howard comments that a lot of assumptions about these areas of ethics have to be rethought.

I think there are lots of assumptions relating to the issues of digital identity, privacy and participation for both educators and learners, and how these would impact on ones education and learning in a virtual environment.

With the opening of this Pandora’s box, I am interested in thinking about some aspects of five minds and issues that Howard mentioned.

What sort of questions would help?


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  3. Got this from the talk also:
    “What people think of discipline is just subject matter” – subject matter in all disciplines is of a similar kind – memorisable – it is not the same as the particular discipline.
    This is a refreshing distinction because it gets you to think about the unique understandings and ways of working and knowing of a particular discipline, and not the subject matter content itself.
    Gardner has a definite view of what constitutes a discipline and which ones should be the major ways of thinking in pre-university education – historical, scientific, mathematical, artistic. Is this complete? Artistic is different to designing, mathematical different to engineering design. Is his view a traditional academics view?

  4. In his book of the Five Minds, The Disciplinary Mind: the mastery of
    major schools of thought, including
    science, mathematics, and history, and of
    at least one professional craft. My understanding is that future leaders need to master those schools of thought, but even then it is only one of five minds. I think it is rooted on the academic view. Is this complete? I think there are many other schools of thoughts, that include the post-structurist, constructivist, social constructivist, and connectivist schools of thoughts. The emphasis on the nurturing of the mind should be cross-disciplinary mastery, rather than single disciplinary mastery, in order to gain a better understanding of the evolution of human thoughts and mind.

    Under The Synthesizing Mind: the ability to integrate ideas from different disciplines or spheres into a coherent whole and to communicate that integration to others. This is interesting, as each of us has different abilities, in such integration of ideas from different disciplines.

    So the weakness of traditional education based on single discipline ) (the silo education) is the over-emphasis of memorization of content, without a deep understanding of the concepts and principles behind those subject discipline. A critical mindset that challenges the assumptions and presumptions behind each school of thoughts would also help in understanding the perceptions of people and their beliefs and the interpretations of scientific findings.

    Thanks George for sharing your insights.

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