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Beyond Knowledge

Extracognitive Aspects of Developing High Ability, 1st Edition

Edited by Larisa V. Shavinina, Michel Ferrari


258 pages

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Some aspects of giftedness and creativity cannot be explained by cognitive, developmental, personality, or social approaches considered in isolation. At the intersection of these approaches is something invisible, deeply hidden, but at the same time very important--the extracognitive facets of high ability. This volume brings together chapters by leading specialists from around the world responsible for much of the current research in this field, presenting a wide range of perspectives for understanding exceptional achievement.

"High ability" refers to human abilities described by terms, such as giftedness, talent, creativity, excellence, genius, child prodigies, exceptional leadership, and wisdom. "Extracognitive factors" refer to phenomena like internally developed standards and subjective norms of intellectually creative behavior; specific intellectual intentions and beliefs that influence exceptional achievements; specific feelings that scientific geniuses and other highly creative individuals say contribute to their advanced development; specific preferences and intellectual values; luck, chance, intuition, and other similar phenomena in extraordinary development and performance; and social, cultural, and historical influences on talent development. Although there are many books about the cognitive bases of high ability, this volume uniquely discusses the foundations of such achievements in extracognitive factors as defined here, thus providing a rich source of information on this topic to researchers, practitioners, and graduate students of education, psychology, business, and administration who work in the area of high ability.


"What their [Shavina and Ferrari] book addresses are factors responsible for high ability, including extracognitive aspects such as personality traits, society and culture….my advice is 'Go for it-read this book!'"

The Psychology of Education Review

"…Beyond Knowledge is an excellent introduction to the notion of 'the extracognitive.' The book paints a humanistic and identifiable picture of traits that constitute high ability both in academic and non-academic disciplines. It is especially relevant to university educators that teach courses about exceptionality. The lucid and clear writing is also accessible to lay individuals interested in the phenomenon of high ability. Last but not least, the book removes the mystique and the elitism associated with genius."

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Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Part I: Introduction. L. Shavinina, M. Ferrari, Extracognitive Facets of Developing High Ability: Introduction to Some Important Issues. Part II: Extracognitive Aspects of Exceptional Creative Achievements. M.A. Runco, Creativity as an Extracognitive Phenomenon. G.J.W. Smith, The Role of Unconscious Processes in the Evolvement of Creativity. D.K. Simonton, Exceptional Creativity and Chance: Creative Thought as a Stochastic Combinatorial Process. L.V. Shavinina, K.L. Seeratan, Extracognitive Phenomena in the Intellectual Functioning of Gifted, Creative, and Talented Individuals. Part III: Developing Extracognitive Aspects of Exceptional Abilities. M.J.A. Howe, Some Insights of Geniuses Into the Causes of Exceptional Achievement. D.A. Greenspan, B. Solomon, H. Gardner, The Development of Talent in Different Domains. R. Subotnik, Transforming Elite Musicians Into Professional Artists: A View of the Talent Development Process at the Juilliard School. Part IV: Extracognitive Aspects of High Ability and the Ideal Ends of Development. R.J. Sternberg, Wisdom and Giftedness. J. Li, High Abilities and Excellence: A Cultural Perspective. Part V: Conclusion. M. Ferrari, Educating Selves to Be Creative and Wise.

About the Series

Educational Psychology Series

This series has several goals:

  • to present the most significant contemporary theory and research on psychology as it is applied to education at all levels – elementary; secondary, and tertiary;
  • to present this research in a way that is relevant and accessible to both psychologists and educators;
  • to explore new ideas in instruction and assessment that are grounded in theory and tested in classrooms;
  • to inform and influence educational policy through the establishment of a solid base of theory and research rather than through the fads and fashions that come and go with the times but that have no base in the psychology of instruction;
  • to achieve further integration in the perspectives of education and psychology, as well as to draw together various fields of psychology in order to capitalize on their potential contributions to educational outcomes;
  • to explore notions of school reform that are linked to our knowledge about students’ learning, thinking, and motivation; and
  • to disseminate ideas from around the world, including Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as the Americas.


This series will publish monographs and edited books that advance these goals through new and innovative contributions to educational psychology. Edited books must have a sense of coherence, contain unifying introductory and concluding chapters, and be internally consistent in scope and level of writing.

Potential authors and volume editors are encouraged to take risks and to explore with the series editors nontraditional points of vie wand methodologies. Interdisciplinary contributions involving theory and methodology from diverse fields, such as computer science, philosophy, linguistics, anthropology, and neuroscience, are especially welcome, but all contributions must be readable and interesting to psychologists and educators of varying backgrounds. Authors and editors from all around the world are encouraged to submit proposals.

Examples of topics that would be of interest include, but are not limited to, creative techniques for instruction, nontraditional forms of assessment, student learning, student motivation, organizational structure and climate, teacher education, new conceptions of abilities and achievement, analyses of cognitive structures and representations in various disciplines, expertise in teaching and administration, use of technology in the schools, at-risk children, adult education, and styles of learning and thinking.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDUCATION / Special Education / Gifted
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology