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Wisdom, Intelligence, and Creativity Synthesized

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  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521002714

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  • For thirty years, Robert J. Sternberg has been among the most vocal critics of narrow conceptions of intelligence. In Wisdom, Intelligence, and Creativity Synthesized Sternberg critically reviews and summarizes the best research available on human intelligence. He argues that any serious understanding of intelligence must go beyond the standard paper and pencil tests currently in use. In addition to analytical and quantitative abilities, a theory of intelligence must take account of peoples’ creative abilities – their ability to go beyond given information and imagine new and exciting ways of reformulating old problems. It must also take into account peoples’ ability to weigh options carefully and act prudently. Understanding one’s own intellectual shortcomings and learning how to overcome, Sternberg argues, is just as important as developing one’s strengths. As he weaves his way through decades of important research on these questions, Sternberg develops a vision of human intelligence that is far more nuanced and accurate than anything previously offered. Wisdom, Intelligence, and Creativity Synthesized is essential reading for psychologists, cognitive scientists, educators, and organizational researchers. Robert J. Sternberg is Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology at Tufts University. Prior to being at Tufts, he was IBM Professor of Psychology and Education, Professor of Management in the School of Management, and Director of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise at Yale University. This center, now relocated to Tufts, is dedicated to the advancement of theory, research, practice, and policy advancing the notion of intelligence as developing expertise, as a construct that is modifiable and capable, to some extent, of development throughout the lifespan. Author of over 1,100 articles, chapters, and books, Sternberg’s research focuses on intelligence, creativity, and wisdom, and he has studied love and close relationships as well as hate.

    • Only comprehensive theory of intelligence, creativity, and wisdom
    • Based on more than 25 years of research
    • Work on which the book is based is highly cited in scientific literature and in textbooks
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    "Sternberg recognizes the limitations of traditional testing and approaches the definition of intelligence from a very pragmatic perspective...Sternberg's focus on success in the real world is refreshing, and his book is powerful in its scope." Teachers College Record

    "Sternberg's engaging writing style and his references to cross-cultural examples and contemporary events will help readers understand such complex topics as the 'explicit' and 'implicit' aspects of his topics' interrelationships. He closes this admirable book by describing how wisdom-related skills can be included in school curricula; the case he makes in a time 'plagued with conflict aand turmoil' is hard to refute. Highly recommended." Choice

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    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521002714
    • length: 246 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Intelligence:
    1. Background work on intelligence
    2. The theory of successful intelligence
    Part II. Creativity:
    3. Background work on creativity
    4. The investment theory of creativity as a decision
    5. The propulsion theory of creative contributions
    Part III. Wisdom:
    6. Background work on wisdom
    7. The balance theory of wisdom
    Part IV. Synthesis:
    8. WICS: the relations among intelligence, creativity, and wisdom
    References
    Author index
    Subject index.

  • Author

    Robert J. Sternberg, Yale University, Connecticut
    Robert J. Sternberg is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University. Prior to that, he was IBM Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Psychology, Professor of Management in the School of Management, and Director of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise (PACE) at Yale. He continues to direct the Center from Tufts. He is the author of more than 1000 journal articles, book chapters, and books, and has received over $18 million in government and other grants and contracts for his research.

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