ERIC Number: ED254544
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-30
The Crystallizing Experience: Discovering an Intellectual Gift.
Walters, Joseph; Gardner, Howard
Crystallizing experiences are defined as those which involve remarkable and memorable contact between a person with unusual talent, or potential, and the materials of the field in which the talent will be manifested. Several biographies of talented people in several disciplines including music, mathematics, and visual arts are discussed. Examples of their crystallizing experiences are cited. The existence and structure of these crystallizing experiences are a derivative of the multiple intelligences theory of human intelligence. The nature of the experience depends on the age of the subject. The crystallizing experience seems to be more prevalent in mathematics and music than in the visual arts. It is a fragile phenomenon which occurs when circumstances combine inborn talent, self-teaching, and proper exposure to a set of materials in a particular way. It is recommended that all children be treated as if they have the potential for crystallizing experiences. They should be exposed at an early age to materials which may motivate them to explore a domain. (DWH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Science Research Council, New York, NY.; Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Harvard Project Zero.