ERIC Number: EJ782368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Who Are the Bright Children? The Cultural Context of Being and Acting Intelligent
Sternberg, Robert J.
Educational Researcher, v36 n3 p148-155 2007
In the United States as well as in much of the developed world, many of us tend to take for granted that children who do well on teacher-made and standardized tests are intelligent. But different cultures have different views of intelligence, so which children are considered intelligent may vary from one culture to another. Moreover, the acts that constitute intelligent behavior may vary from one culture to another. Whether teachers take into account the differences in conceptions of who is intelligent and who acts intelligently can also affect how well students learn. This article describes how culture influences what constitutes intelligence, intelligent acts, and intelligent teaching.
Descriptors: Multiple Intelligences, Standardized Tests, Cultural Context, Intelligence, Cultural Differences, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries
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