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ISSN: 0219-7642 Sep 6, 2009
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Intelligence is a relative term that can signify a number of meanings and definitions. Measuring the level
of intelligence among children is a very difficult task as there are no fixed indicators that can help
parents and teachers to quantify the level of intelligence among them. However, it becomes easy to lead
or guide children by knowing their strengths and weaknesses, both in their classrooms as well as out of it.
Educational experts from over the world have been trying to devise effective and practical methods to
teach and train young children, especially in the age bracket of three and seven years. Some of these
methods use a combination of several methods or strategies to induce better learning and comprehending
abilities. One such method is the Sternberg's Triarchic Model of Intelligence. In a traditional classroom,
teachers attempt to teach or train children by using a standard memory recall and analysis technique.
However, this method may not work among all children, as some of them may be very poor in memory recall and recitation.
This obvious pitfall makes it imperative on part of both parents and teachers to devise a new strategy
that relies on understanding the basic mental nature of children, especially in the areas of their abilities
or skills. According to Sternberg's Triarchic Model of Intelligence, children can find out solutions by
striking a balance in their usage of analytical, creative and practical abilities. A delicate combination
of these three parameters ensures an effective classroom and general performance, eventually
reaching required success in the life. The triarchic model also guarantees that children can use their
strengths to cover up or smoke out perceived weaknesses, so that they can strike a good balance in their life.
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What is Sternberg's Triarchic Theory of Intelligence? A Primer for Parents
Sternberg's Triarchic Theory of Intelligence is assuming an important role as an effective model of using one's intelligence in an
optimum and productive manner. While traditional classroom teaching and learning techniques are extremely good at
inducing children in using the power of memory, its recall and evaluation, the new theory attempts to use different intelligences in a judicious manner.
Sternberg's Practical Intelligence in Children's Everday Life
Understanding Sternberg's practical intelligence requires parents as well as teachers to learn the basics of different
types of intelligence and how they play a role in molding the persona and character of children.
Q1: I am wondering how much of an impact/effect will a
Processing speed SS of 68 on the WISC IV have on a child who
has General Ability Index of 103. He has met criteria for
Specific Learning Disability in Math Calc. and demonstrates
specific and significant processing weakness across measures
of working memory, sustained attention and impulse control,
organization and planning, and abstract learning and memory.
Therefore, the presence of executive functioning deficit has also been identified.
Also, how will all of this impact his ability (or lack of ability)
to handle interaction in typical boy sporting situations?
A: A very simple way of explaining
processing speed is the length of time it takes for the information
to be decoded (or understood/ interpreted) by the brain for a
response to be made. When any information is processed, it is
affected both ways while receiving and sending out information. For
instance, when you give instructions to a child (who is at an age to
understand & respond), instead of working on the task immediately,
the child may look puzzled for some time until they are able to
process the instructions to perform the task... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Processing Speed and General Ability Index (GAI) here.
On the WISC-IV Canadian norms, my son scored 99.9 percentile on
General Ability. On Verbal Comp. he scored 99.9 percentile. On
Perceptual Reasoning he scored 99 percentile.
Can you tell me what this means in terms of IQ? What's the
difference between 99 and 99.9 - and is it important. In our area,
the psychometric results don't attach an IQ number to these
percentiles, but at each teacher interview, I keep hearing how, even
in a class of Gifted Children, he is far ahead yet he struggles with
A: From the scores, it does appear that
your son is in the highly gifted range with such high scores.
Therefore, he would surely need special attention. I believe that
the tester used General Ability Index, GAI instead of Full Scale IQ
(please refer to another reader's query on GAI) to remove the
processing speed and working memory which may be affected if a child
struggles with Math. GAI is a composite score that is based on
Verbal Comprehension and Perceptual Reasoning subtests, and does not
include the Working Memory or Processing Speed subtests which is
included in the (FSIQ).... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Percentile Difference on the WISC-IV here.
Teaching for Successful Intelligence: To Increase Student Learning and Achievement
By Dr. Robert J. Sternberg and Elena L. Grigorenko
Robert J. Sternberg is currently the dean of the School of
Arts and Sciences at Tufts University, where he is also
professor of psychology. Prior to that, he was IBM Professor
of Psychology and Education at Yale University. Sternberg
received his PhD from Stanford and is the recipient of eight
In addition, he has won more than two dozen awards for his
work. He is a former president of the American Psychological
Association and is the author of over 1100 books, articles,
and book chapters. This book provides 40 research-based,
illustrated lessons and demonstrates how to design units
that help students apply analytical, creative, and practical
thinking skills to solve problems and make decisions.
Teaching for Wisdom, Intelligence, Creativity, and Success
By Dr. Robert J. Sternberg , Linda Jarvin and Elena L. Grigorenko
This book presents a model to help teachers teach content
while teaching important skills that make the content
meaningful. The authors explain and give examples of how to
apply their model and explicitly make connections to
assessment and state standards. Using this model will enrich
the education of students and fill the enormous gap created
by high-stakes tests and the accountability movement.
This is a blockbuster of a book. It allows teachers to
follow standards, but provides space for them to develop
students' wisdom, intelligence, and creativity (and of
course success). Teachers will be free to teach without
being limited to textbook formats. Both teachers and
students will come to understand themselves and their values
Let Recess Boost Your Child's IQ
The Daily Green Aug 18, 2009
A recent study of approximately 11,000 third graders, published in Pediatrics, found that a break of 15 minutes or more in the
school day may play a role in improving learning, social development, and health in elementary school children.
Affection is a very important component of a child's mental development
The Examiner August 31, 2009
So, what does affection have to do with intelligence? Just about everything, it turns out. Sue Gerhardt's book, Why Love Matters:
How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain, is a review of the latest research into the development of the brain.
Dietary Guidelines for a Child's Growing Brain: the Basics
Corn Calories Aug 23, 2009
Once a child moves beyond breastfeeding, it's up to us parents to take on the awesome responsibility of navigating our way through
a lousy American diet and nourishing our kids in ways that help - not hinder - their growing bodies and brains. This is more challenging
than it ought to be, because the American diet - especially for kids - is so skewed toward empty calories. Too many of the foods favored
by kids have too much carbohydrate and sugar but not enough protein and far too few good fats (especially EFAs) and micronutrients.
Breast Feeding Heavenly Nectar For Babies
Desk Top Scripts Aug 23, 2009
Breast-feeding is the greatest and the best gift any mother can give her child. Yet, the world over, there are millions of infants deprived
of this benefit. This is because of many factors and circumstances force mothers use formula milk instead. These circumstances could be physical
(such as the mother is incapable of producing milk, or the baby has a lactose digestion problem) or it could be due to the fact that both the parents
need to work, and hence the mother cannot be at home to nurse the child at the same time.
5 Power foods for kids
The Examiner Sep 1, 2009
School is back again. Here are 5 foods that parents can incorporate into their child's daily diet and fun ideas to get the kids
to enjoy the food.
Reading is powerful fuel for child's growth
Commercial Appeal Aug 19, 2009
At 4-year-old Jeremiah Jefferson's home, the postman doesn't just deliver the mail -- he brings packages that contain grand stories,
adventure and wonder. For young Jeremiah and other children enrolled in Shelby County Books from Birth, once a month the mail includes
a special book just for him.
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