Melioration as a higher thinking skill of future intelligence

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

19 Scopus citations


This paper examines the characteristics of the thinking skill we call "melioration" i.e., the competence to borrow a concept from a field of knowledge supposedly far removed from his or her domain, and adapt it to a pressing challenge in an area of personal knowledge or interest. The skill has its source in consdous personal meaning-making, not in the process of deduction. In the unplanned operation of connection and assodation, one creates a new concept generating a new insight into a phenomenon, which hitherto had not been described in such a way. This paper relates melioration to existing theories of intelligence, taking the position that human cognitive/intellectual functioning is in part the ability to learn or think in the framework of familiar systemic concepts, and in part the ability to learn or think with new systemic concepts that are then available for future application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-50
Number of pages27
JournalTeachers College Record
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007


Dive into the research topics of 'Melioration as a higher thinking skill of future intelligence'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this