The Essential Sternberg: Essays on Intelligence, Psychology, and Education

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For years, Robert Sternberg has produced renowned, groundbreaking work, and now some of it is captured in one volume:The Essential Sternberg...Established scholars and novices to the field will find this book a useful addition to their libraries.

—Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts

For nearly 30 years, Dr. Robert J. Sternberg has been recognized as one of world's leading authorities on human intelligence and intelligence testing, as well as closely related constructs such as creativity, expertise, giftedness, leadership, and wisdom. He is also one of the most vocal critics of the intelligence testing industry which defines intelligence rather narrowly (i.e., a high score on a paper and pencil intelligence test). Professor Sternberg has devoted his career to expanding the notion of intelligence to include contextual factors, creative abilities, tacit knowledge and practical know-how.

In his current position as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University, Sternberg is revamping their admissions process to include practical and creative abilities in the assessment of potential incoming freshman. By using Sternberg's broader, more eclectic, approach to admissions, Tufts hopes to identify and recruit a more diverse set of talented students—ones who may not have the best grades or test scores, but who have other, harder-to-measure abilities that can lead to success in college and life. The admissions overhaul is part of a larger experiment that will track these students and compare them to students admitted under traditional assessments. Sternberg's experiment has generated a significant amount of buzz in the college admissions world and has been the subject of recent newspaper articles in The Boston Globe, Inside Higher Education, and The Guardian (UK).

This is a handy compendium of many of Sternberg's most important and influential articles from his thirty-year career. It will provide an introduction and overview of his theories on intelligence and education, and highlight some of his most important articles from a large and disparate output. Beyond it's inherent interest to psychologists, the book will be a useful summary for those people outside of academia who want an overview of Sternberg's views, including politicians, policy makers, teachers, and administrators.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826138378
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/11/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

James C. Kaufman is an Associate Professor at the California State University at San Bernardino, where he is also the director of the Learning Research Institute. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in Cognitive Psychology, where his mentor was Robert J. Sternberg. Kaufman has authored more than 100 papers and written or edited 12 books, including the recent International Handbook of Creativity (with Sternberg; Cambridge, 2006), and Creativity and Reason in Cognitive Development (with Baer; Cambridge, 2006). Kaufman was recently named a co-editor of the official journal for APA's Division 10, Psychology, Aesthetics, and the Arts. He received the 2003 Daniel E. Berlyne Award from Division 10 of the American Psychological Association for outstanding research by a junior scholar, and has served as a Member at Large for Division 10. He has received awards for his professional contributions from CSUSB's psychology department and their college of social and behavioral sciences.

Dr. Elena L. Grigorenko received her PhD in General Psychology from Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, and her PhD in Developmental Psychology and Genetics from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Child Studies and Psychology at Yale and Associate Professor of Psychology at Moscow State University. Dr. Grigorenko has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and books, and has received awards for her work from five different divisions of the American Psychological Association.

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Table of Contents


James C. Kaufman and Elena Grigorenko


I. An Introduction to the theory of Successful Intelligence

1. Sketch of a componential subtheory of human intelligence - Robert J. Sternberg

2. Toward a triarchic theory of human intelligence - Robert J. Sternberg

3. The theory of successful intelligence - Robert J. Sternberg

II. Components of Successful Intelligence: Creativity, Practical Intelligence, and Analytic Reasoning

4. The nature of creativity - Robert J. Sternberg

5. Practical intelligence and tacit knowledge: Advancements in the measurement of developing expertise Anna T. Cianciolo, Elena L. Grigorenko, Linda Jarvin, Guillermo Gil, Michael E. Drebot, and Robert J. Sternberg

6. Component processes in analogical reasoning - Robert J. Sternberg

III. Successful Intelligence in the Schools

7. Teaching for successful intelligence: Principles, practices, and outcomes - Robert J. Sternberg

8. Teaching triarchically improves school achievement - Robert J. Sternberg, Bruce Torff, and Elena L. Grigorenko

9. A triarchic analysis of an aptitude-treatment interaction - Robert J. Sternberg, Elena L. Grigorenko, Michel Ferrari, and Pamela Clinkenbeard

10. Using the theory of successful intelligence as a basis for augmenting AP exams in psychology and statistics - Steven E. Stemler, Elena L. Grigorenko, Linda Jarvin, and Robert J. Sternberg

IV. Successful Intelligence and School Admissions

11. The Rainbow Project: Enhancing the SAT through assessments of analytical, practical, and creative skills - Robert J. Sternberg and The Rainbow Project Collaborators

12. Assessing practical intelligence in business school admissions: A supplement to the
Graduate Management Admissions Test - Jennifer Hedlund, Jeanne M. Wilt, Kristina L. Nebel, Susan J. Ashford, and Robert J. Sternberg

V. Successful Intelligence, Leadership, and Wisdom

13. A balance theory of wisdom - Robert J. Sternberg

14. WICS: A model of positive educational leadership comprising wisdom, intelligence, and creativity synthesized - Robert J. Sternberg

VI. Robert J. Sternberg on Psychology: Brief Insights

15. It all started with those darn IQ tests: Half a career spent defying the crowd - Robert J. Sternberg

16. Unified psychology - Robert J. Sternberg and Elena L. Grigorenko
17. Fads in psychology: What we can do - Robert J. Sternberg

18. APA is a diamond in the rough - Robert J. Sternberg

19. Producing tomorrow's leaders - in psychology and everything else - Robert J. Sternberg

20. Good intentions, bad results: A dozen reasons why the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act is failing our nation's schools - Robert J. Sternberg



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