College Admissions for the 21st Century

Harvard University Press
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Sternberg's book convincingly indicts the SAT and ACT exams. A single test lasting a few hours, he writes, "ends up having a weight equal" to the product of "years of effort and dedication" in high school.
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Robert J. Sternberg, formerly IBM Professor of Psychology and Education and Professor of Management at Yale, was Dean of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University from 2005 to 2010. He now serves as Provost and Senior Vice President at Oklahoma State University.

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Publisher
Harvard University Press
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Published on
Feb 1, 2011
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9780674058590
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Economic History
Philosophy / Political
Political Science / Globalization
Political Science / History & Theory
Social Science / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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“A serious attempt to understand a common phenomenon” from the author of The Nature of Human Intelligence (Psychology Today).
 
One need not look far to find breathtaking acts of stupidity committed by people who are smart, or even brilliant. The behavior of clever individuals—from presidents to prosecutors to professors—is at times so amazingly stupid as to seem inexplicable. Why do otherwise intelligent people think and behave in ways so stupid that they sometimes destroy their livelihoods or even their lives?
 
This is an investigation of psychological research to see what it can tell us about stupidity in everyday life. The contributors to the volume—scholars in various areas of human intelligence—present examples of people messing up their lives, and offer insights into the reasons for such behavior. From a variety of perspectives, the contributors discuss:
  The nature and theory of stupidityHow stupidity contributes to stupid behaviorWhether stupidity is measurable.  
While many millions of dollars are spent each year on intelligence research and testing to determine who has the ability to succeed, next to nothing is spent to determine who will make use of their intelligence and not squander it by behaving stupidly. The contributors focus on the neglected side of this discussion, reviewing the full range of theory and research on stupid behavior and analyzing what it tells us about how people can avoid stupidity and its devastating consequences.
 
“Marvelous, devilishly clever, and culturally timely book . . . A fascinating exploration.” —Choice
 
“Easily readable and well referenced . . . May provide just enough momentum for change.” —International Journal of Intelligence
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