Thinking: The Second International Conference

Thinking: The Second International Conference

Thinking: The Second International Conference

Thinking: The Second International Conference

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Toward the end of August 1984, when most people were enjoying the last beaches and breezes of summer holidays, over 700 people gathered from all parts of the world at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA, to hear about, talk about, and think about thinking. Some 100 papers were presented on a variety of theoretical and empirical issues concerning thinking; plenary sessions addressed such themes as the nature of intelligence and national programs to enhance thinking; workshops were conducted in several contemporary approaches to fostering students' problem solving and learning abilities. The participants included psychologists, philosophers, and representatives of other academic disciplines concerned with thinking, and, just as importantly, administrators and practitioners concerned with the role of education in developing students' thinking.

The present volume offers a selection of papers from the many more presented at the 1984 International Conference on Thinking, continuing the tradition established by its predecessor volume, Thinking: The Frontier Expands (William Maxwell, editor, published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Hillsdale, New Jersey). The editors, consulting with others as needed, chose with such criteria in mind as quality, provocativeness, cross-cultural relevance, accessibility, breadth of interest, and variety of fields represented. Even with these guidelines, we found ourselves pressed by space limitations to make a number of hard decisions and we regret that more of the insights brought to the conference could not be represented here.

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