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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 14 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 9 Mar. 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003BKNRYC
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The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told about Genetics, Talent and IQ is Wrong Audio Download – Unabridged
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The great thing about Shenk's book is that it casts out the belief in the immutability of intelligence. I grew up with the concept of "g" (general intelligence) and saw its profound effect on education. It suited stratified societies to continue the myth of "g" but it couldn't explain away drive and motivation. Yong Zhao (2009) also warned of the educational problem of high scores, low ability.
In an equation that acknowledges that intelligence is a function of environment (G X E), the triggers for intelligence growth were identified as:
1. Speaking to children early and often;
2. Reading early and often;
3. Nurturance and encouragement;
4. Setting high expectations;
5. Embracing failure;
6. Encouraging a `growth mindset'. (pp. 39-40)
In the story of Suzuki developing a world famous violin pedagogy, his starting point was a faith that every student has enormous potential, and then with parental support that potential is developed.
Shenk says that at birth the parents of the child have two alternatives:
a. The prodigy that is pushed by narcissistic parents, and then fall back into mediocrity in adulthood; or
b. The emotionally balanced child who will gather skills and develop greatness as an adult. Walter Mischel's marshmallow experiment of delayed gratification is still as relevant today as it was thirty years ago.
Epigenetics is an area of genetic study that is developing, and it claims that the effects of events and trauma can be transferred across generations. John Cloud wrote in Time magazine- Why Your DNA Isn't Your Destiny (January 6, 2010).
Shenk's contribution to genetics, education and life is his belief in the plasticity of human potential. All educators need to rejoice at this conclusion, and the book should be compulsory reading for all teachers and aspirant teachers.
Shenk's focus seems more personal (almost -if one can forgive the cliche- existential), and this permeates throughout his work. At one point, he even discusses the struggles he has as a writer, and he clearly puts himself through some punishment in the writing and editing process, re-drafting until he is absolutely happy. As a consequence of his own perfectionism, this book is short, with only half of it being taken up by the actual text- the last half is his notes and references. It is good to see a book in this genre with a flora of referencing; I did however, feel a little cheated when I realised this book was over halfway through (especially after buying the hardback).
Had I been aware of this before hand, I would still have bought the book, and having realised Shenk's network of referencing at the back, I would have worked through his notes concurrently, as they do provide an extra level of analysis.Read more ›
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Shenk has done his homework, citing in his 25-page bibliography eight seminal articles published by K. Anders Ericsson and his associates at Florida State University. For almost four decades, they have conducted research on the process of achieving peak performance. Their influence on Shenk soon becomes evident: He names Part One, Chapters One to Six, "The Myth of Gifts." The Ericsson research leaves little (if any) doubt about the importance of (on average) 10,000 hours of "deep, deliberate practice under strict and expert supervision. Natural talent ("gifts") and luck can also be factors. For example, when members of youth sports teams are grouped according to calendar year birthdays, those born during the first six months have an advantage and those born in January-March have a significant advantage.
Shenk suggests another factor to consider, also. "The genius-in-all-of-us is not some hidden brilliance buried inside of our genes. It is the very design of the human genome - built to adapt to the world around us and to the demands we put on ourselves.Read more ›
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Great informative book. For anyone interested in the nature v nurture debate…this one ticks all the boxes for me! About IQ, talent and genius!Published on 23 May 2014 by L. Broadhead
Easy to read but goes into enough detail to not leave you wanting more. A lot of these books struggle to appeal to the masses but still gives enough detail, this one doesntPublished on 18 Feb. 2014 by Mr Philip P Johnson
Great read. A most enlightened approach to 21st century life, providing the perception and integrity that so many scientists and Science journalists are unable to consider because... Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2013 by Outrider
Because it is a great book as I expected and recived on time. And for me was very helpful because I am try to learn something about geniusPublished on 12 May 2013 by Lino
Interesting educational research making us rethink what we have been led to believe in the past.
Perfect for anyone interested in teaching and learning.
This book was thought provoking. It shows how most people never reach their full mental potential because, like muscles, the brain needs exercise. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2012 by Nigel R Cairns
This book lives up to it's name - 'Genius'. David Shenk breaks everything down into understandable chunks, whilst also leaving in the detail in case you want to go further. Read morePublished on 16 May 2012 by Laurence Everitt
Skill is underpinned form the abilities you inherit from your parents, right? WRONG.
This book will give you many examples of how hard work is far more important than... Read more
This product was delivered on time and was in the condition stated on the advert. Consequently, this was a satisfactory purchase.Published on 6 Oct. 2011 by Mr. P. O'BRIEN