ERIC Number: EJ745630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Reference Count: 9
Recognizing Neglected Strengths
Sternberg, Robert J.
Educational Leadership, v64 n1 p30-35 Sep 2006
To identify diverse student strengths and to learn how teachers can build instruction on those strengths, the author and his colleagues have conducted multiple studies among students in Alaska, the mainland United States, Kenya, and other countries. In a series of studies in Alaska and Kenya, the researchers measured the adaptive cultural knowledge and skills of native Alaskan students and rural Kenyan students and demonstrated that instruction geared to these cultural skills improved academic achievement. In another series of studies, the researchers grouped students by their cognitive areas of strength (memory, analysis, creativity, and practical intelligence) and found that students performed better when they were taught in ways that were compatible with their strengths. The author's conclusion: When schools teach in ways that respect students' different strengths, students learn and perform better. (Contains 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Teaching Methods, Culturally Relevant Education, Minority Groups, Mathematics Curriculum, Alaska Natives, Thinking Skills, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Comparative Education, Indigenous Knowledge
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; Kenya; United States