Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

In Memoriam: ARTHUR E. WHIMBEY 1940-2004

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

In Memoriam: ARTHUR E. WHIMBEY 1940-2004

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Author, Teacher, Speaker, Instructional Designer, Consultant, and Friend of Developmental Education

Dr. Art Whimbey, a scholar whose contributions to developmental education spanned a period of more than thirty years, departed this life on August 19, 2004 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Art's passing is a loss not only to his many friends and colleagues but to the entire field... in fact, to several fields. He was a brilliant thinker and writer who published multiple textbooks in reading, writing, mathematics, and critical thinking. Always forward-thinking, Art also published computer software versions of several of his works. His work guided tens of thousands of professionals in doing the right thing in the right way for the right people.

Art was passionately committed to the notion-summed up in the title of his classic work-that, "Intelligence Can be Taught." Using his extensive research, he was a pioneer in debunking the race-based theories of intelligence prevalent in the 1960s and 1970s. He believed that intelligence as commonly defined was a useless and artificial concept and that, with the right training, anyone could score well on "intelligence" tests.

In the service of this belief he deliberately sought out positions enabling him to teach low-achieving minority students. Although his academic credentials and scholarship qualified him to teach graduate students at prestigious research universities, he spent much of his teaching career at Historically Black Colleges such as Bethune-Cookman, Clark, Dillard, and Xavier University of New Orleans. …

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