Dr. Robert Sternberg-Optimizing Student Success
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Robert Sternberg is a pioneering scholar in cognitive psychology, and has spent most of his professional life gaining an understanding of the cognitive developmental aspects of the individual. He has provided us with a practical explanation about the nature of intelligence and the relationship to creativity-- which should result in the eventual development of wisdom; and, which leads to his current model of intelligence known as the WICS Model, which defines the relationship between the cognitive domains of intelligence, creativity and wisdom.
He has spent his professional life addressing important issues in the areas of thinking, human intelligence and intellectual development, reasoning and problem-solving, creativity, love and relationships, social and practical competence, psycho-educational studies, exploration of the characteristics and needs of the gifted, along with a new definition of giftedness. He has investigated the psychology of hate, has studied the dynamics of leadership and management; the dynamics of wisdom as the synthesis, application and demonstration of one’s practical intelligence; and, more recently, has examined the essential components necessary for student success.
He is one of the revolutionary thinkers who contributes to the scientific revolution in cognitive psychology that challenges the community of scholars who espouse more traditional IQ analytical models and theories. He has countered traditional views of intelligence that are limited to the old modes of thinking about intelligence; and consequently, these traditional models impact the academy of teaching and learning,-- in that many of these models are no longer effective, workable, practical, or realistic solutions.
Sternberg’s model calls for the integration of intelligence and creativity. I especially like his novel perspective-- that creative people tend to buy low and sell high in the realm of ideas and take great risks in doing so. He examines creativity in children and adults, and has prescribed ways to encourage creativity in human development.
There are many aspects of his work that puts him in the forefront as a revolutionary and leading thinker. This combined with all of his other contributions– for example, his Triarchic Theory of Intelligence, the development of the Triarchic Ability IQ test, the many handbooks on creativity, intelligence, wisdom and more, Handbooks on how to succeed on the Miller’s Analogy Test, handbooks on writing research papers, the numerous international awards and scholarly prizes, fellowships and honorary doctorates, more than a thousand books, articles and other publications, makes Robert Sternberg an amazing and extremely gifted giant in the field.
These days, Bob is spending more of his time teaching leadership development and being an administrator and manager, as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University. Here again, in this setting, he is creating another revolution in college admissions as he has been given the endorsement by many officials in higher education to lead the way in redefining the identification, selection and admissions processes and policies for college entrance-- toward an end result of producing a new generation of future leaders who represent diverse strengths. He calls for a new model of teaching for leadership that includes teaching for responsibility, analytical, creative, practical and wise thinking. He believes that this new paradigm will improve student achievement for all students, but especially for those who do not learn best in traditional ways.
More importantly, Robert Sternberg is a down to earth “real person.” No pretentions about him. He is easy to talk to and a real genuine, witty person. Just a lot of fun to be around! What a wonderful combination of qualities–to be gifted but not loose the common touch. There is so much more I could share with the public about Robert Sternberg-- a great thinker and leader. He has made such an impact on us all and on the world. He is such a special blessing for us all!
Introduction by Dr. Rosalyn M. King
Brief Biographical Sketch:
Robert Sternberg was appointed as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University in 2006. Of the total number of Tufts students on the Medford-Somerville campus, approximately 4,300 are undergraduates and 1,200 are graduate students. Most of these students study under the largest division of the University, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. This division comprises the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Engineering, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and the College of Special Studies. Dr. Sternberg also is a senior scholar at Harvard University‘s, Kennedy School of Government, Center for Public Leadership.
Sternberg is former professor of management and IBM professor of psychology and education at Yale University; and, former chair of the department. He also served as Director of the Yale Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise (PACE), which is now being transitioned to Tufts University.
His research interests include the areas of: leadership, human intelligence, thinking styles, creativity, wisdom, intellectual development, social and practical competence, love and close relationships, hate, applications of psychology to education, reasoning, and problem solving. As mentioned earlier, Sternberg is the founder of the Triarchic Theory of Intelligence and a leading authority on intelligence, thinking, the gifted, creativity and the other areas of interests aforementioned.
He is author of more than a thousand publications, articles and reports on a variety of topics in cognitive developmental psychology, leadership and management. Further, he has authored many manuals such as the handbook for preparing for the Miller Analogies Test, the Handbook of cognitive, social, and neuropsychological aspects of learning disabilities, International Handbook of Intelligence, Handbook of Wisdom, International Handbook of Creativity, and more.
He has earned 7 honorary doctorates from universities in Russia, England, Slovakia, Belgium, Cyprus, France and Spain. He has been awarded many scholarly prizes and awards including the Torrance Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, the Arnheim Award from the American Psychological Association, the Anton Jurovsky Award from the Slovak Psychological Society and more.
Sternberg was awarded the Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship to Slovakia in 2005; served as a visiting Scholar with Fellowship to Russia in 2000; an Honored Visitor Fellowship by the Taiwan National Science Council in 1998; and, was a visiting professor at City University of Hong Kong in December 1997.
He is a member of many elective societies, including: Psi Chi, Kappa Delta Pi, Society of Experimental Psychologists, Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa and more.
Sternberg has served as editor or on the editorial boards of more than 41 scholarly and scientific journals. He is listed in various who’s who listings.
He is a graduate of Stanford and Yale University. He has been awarded many millions in grants and contracts by the Federal government, Foundations, the Military, and Private Industry.