Intelligence, Instruction, and Assessment
Theory Into Practice
Edited by Robert J. Sternberg, Wendy M. Williams
Routledge – 1998 – 256 pages
Series: Educational Psychology Series
Intelligence, Instruction, and Assessment shows how modern theories of intelligence can be directly applied by educators to the teaching of subject matter, regardless of the age of the students or the content being taught. It is intended primarily for teachers at all levels--elementary, secondary, tertiary--who want to apply in their classrooms what we know about intelligence. The focus is not on modifying students' intelligence, per se, but on increasing their disciplinary knowledge and understanding. Hence, this book will help teachers learn how they can teach more effectively what they are already teaching. The assumption is that what teachers care most about is how they can improve upon what they are already doing, and how they can learn what they need to do in order to be more effective in their work.
The contributors are well known for their work on intelligence and education. Each chapter includes an accessible explanation of the author's theory of intelligence, and discusses the implications of that theory both for instruction and for assessment. The book is international in scope, reflecting both American and European perspectives.
Anyone interested in knowing how modern theories of intelligence can be applied to education will want to read this book--particularly teachers and other education specialists, as well as developmental psychologists, cognitive psychologists, and philosophers with an interest in applying psychological theory to classroom practice. It will serve well as a text for courses on educational psychology, intelligence, cognition and instruction, and foundations of teaching.
"I enjoyed reading the book, finding much in it to like and from which to learn….The book contains a great deal of information and food for thought that will be of interest and of use to many readers…[who] will definitely want to read it, and will find it, I think, a useful resource."
"…the contents of the book, both theoretical and practical, are often highly relevant to work with the gifted and talented….I recommend the book to teachers of the gifted, and to those who teach them."
—High Ability Studies
Contents: Preface. R.J. Sternberg, Applying the Triarchic Theory of Human Intelligence in the Classroom. M. Krechevsky, S. Seidel, Minds at Work: Applying Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom. R.C. Schank, D.M. Joseph, Intelligent Schooling. H.L. Goodrich Andrade, D.N. Perkins, Learnable Intelligence and Intelligent Learning. J. Parziale, K.W. Fischer, The Practical Use of Skill Theory in Classrooms. A.R. Jensen, The g Factor and the Design of Education. J. Baron, Intelligent Thinking and the Reflective Essay. A. Demetriou, N. Valanides, A Three-Level Theory of the Developing Mind: Basic Principles and Implications for Instruction and Assessment. E.L. Grigorenko, Mastering Tools of the Mind in School (Trying Out Vygotsky's Ideas in Classrooms).