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[Xmca-l] Re: Fwd: Sternberg's 2015 reflections on his search for the nature of intelligence



Hi Mike,

I just saw this a month later after you posted it. I enjoyed the article.
Unfortunately, schools and universities are still dominated by that static
view of intelligence Sternberg criticizes, which not only limits access to
many students but also send a strong signal to society about the way the
young should be educated. I wonder how many great minds of the past would
have not been able to make it to college in the current tested-dominated
enviroment.

Testing is also a way of stating what we as a society consider valuable as
a skill. And Sternberg has always very lucidly noticed that behind testing
there is a conception, many times limited, of what an intelligent person
is. As education is growingly driven by a survival of the fittest
("smartest"?) approach instead of an approach based on collaboration and
reciprocal enlightenment, not only schools but also higher education have
became less intellectual and socially relevant. And, Flynn effect
notwithstanding, we are on the verge of destroying the habitat that made
our life as a species possible.

David


On Sun, May 17, 2015 at 2:05 PM, mike cole <mcole@ucsd.edu> wrote:

> Concerning those questions about intelligence that were floating around
> recently. Perhaps the attached will prove of intrest. I include Robert
> Serpell's introduction.
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
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>
>
> Dear colleagues, students and friends,
> Please find attached a light-heartedly phrased but also insightful 2015
> essay by Robert Sternberg
> ​
> on the various approaches he has adopted over the years to research on the
> nature of intelligence.
>
> It reminded me of conversations I have had with many of you over the years
> !
> I hope you enjoy it.
>
> RS
> Robert Serpell PhD
> Professor of Psychology, University of Zambia
> Coordinator, Centre for the Promotion of Literacy in Sub-Saharan Africa
> (CAPOLSA)
> Psychology Department, School of Humanities & Social Sciences
> Great East Road Campus
> PO Box 32379, Lusaka, Zambia
>
> Phone: (+260) 211 290850 (direct line to my office)
> Cell     (+260) 977 758705
>
> webpage  http://unza.academia.edu/RobertSerpell
> CAPOLSA website - new link: http://bit.ly/16nNi50
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> All there is to thinking is seeing something noticeable which makes
> you see something you weren't noticing which makes you see something
> that isn't even visible. N. McLean, *A River Runs Through it*
>