Remaking the concept of aptitude: Extending the legacy of Richard E. Snow.

Lyn Corno, Lee J. Cronbach, Haggai Kupermintz, David F. Lohman, Ellen B. Mandinach, Ann W. Porteus, Joan E. Talbert

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The unique perspective of Richard E. Snow integrates psychology of individual differences, cognitive psychology, and motivational psychology. This capstone volume pulls together the findings of Snow's own 35 years of research on aptitudes and those from (especially) European scholars, of which he had exceptional knowledge. A panel of experts and former associates completed this book after his death in 1997, expanding his notes on implications of the theory for instructional design and teaching practice. The panel developed Snow's ideas on where the field should go next, emphasizing his promising research strategies. Viewing intelligence as education's most important product and its most important raw material, Snow stressed the need to consider both cognitive skills and affective-motivational characteristics. In this volume, previously unconnected research and various theoretical ideas are integrated into a dynamic model of aptitude. Understanding the transaction between the person and situation was Snow's primary concern. This work draws from diverse resources to construct a theoretical model of aptitude as a complex process of unfolding person–situation dynamics. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMahwah, NJ, US
PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers
ISBN (Print)0-8058-3532-6
StatePublished - 2002

Publication series

NameThe educational psychology series.


  • *Academic Aptitude
  • *Teaching Methods
  • Cognition
  • Individual Differences
  • Motivation


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