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The Essential Sternberg

SKU# 9780826138378

Essays on Intelligence, Psychology, and Education

Author: James C. Kaufman PhD


  • Elena L. Grigorenko PhD

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"I strongly recommend this book to people working in the area of intellectual disabilities...It may open new vistas that are not always available in the traditional disability literature. It will especially challenge psychologists working in this field."--Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities

"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

"[Sternberg] approaches the definition of intelligence from a very pragmatic perspective...Sternberg's focus on success in the real world is refreshing."--Teacher's College Record

Any follower of Sternberg and theories of intelligence will need this collection on their bookshelf.

Robert J. Sternberg has argued that the conventional idea of intelligence is, at best, incomplete. Therefore, he has redefined the core concept of intelligence: Sternberg's groundbreaking, triarchic theory proposes that intelligence is measured not just by factual knowledge or "book smarts," but also by the integration of creative ability, practical know-how, and analytic reasoning.

As the former President of the American Psychological Association, current Dean of Tufts University, and one of the top 100 psychologists of the 20th century, according to the APA Monitor on Psychology, Sternberg is listed as one of ISI's most highly cited authors (top .5%) in psychology.

Sternberg has authored over 1,000 journal articles, book chapters, and books. This comprehensive collection compiles the best of Sternberg-his most influential, career-defining articles culled from over 30 years of research. Serving as an introduction to and summary of his most critical contributions to the field, this book:

  • Presents articles that track the development and progression of Sternberg's theory of successful intelligence
  • Includes his most influential articles, such as "The nature of creativity" and "The Rainbow Project: Enhancing the SAT"
  • Features articles on educational policy and how Sternberg's intelligence models can be used to improve student performance and supplement traditional exams
  • Contains new articles on Sternberg's most recent theory, the Wisdom, Intelligence, Creativity, Synthesized (WICS) model

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 11, 2008
  • Page Count 512
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826138378
  • EISBN 9780826138385

About The Author(s) 

James C. Kaufman, PhD, is Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut. An internationally recognized leader in the field of creativity, he is the author/editor of more than 26 books, including Applied Intelligence (2008), Essentials of Creativity Assessment (2008),Cambridge Handbook of Creativity (2010), The Evolution of Intelligence (2012) and Teaching for Creativity in the Common Core Classroom (2014). Dr. Kaufman is the current President of American Psychological Association’s Division 10, which is devoted to the psychology of creativity, aesthetics, and the arts. He is the Founding Co-Editor of Psychology of Popular Media Culture and Co-Founded Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, both published by APA. He has won numerous awards, including the Torrance Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, the Berlyne and Farnsworth Awards from APA, and Mensa’s research award. Dr. Kaufman has been quoted frequently in the media on creativity in education, business, and the arts -- including a 2010 Newsweek cover story on “the creativity crisis”-- and maintains a Psychology Today blog on the psychology on media, popular culture, and the arts.

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