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Sternberg's Triarchic Theory & Choosing a Career

Discuss Sternberg's triarchic theory of intelligence, using examples from your own life to illustrate his points.

Discuss why choosing a career such an important issue for young adults and the factors that influence career choice.

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1. Discuss Sternberg's triarchic theory of intelligence, using examples from your own life to illustrate his points.

Sternberg's Triarchic Theory of Human Intelligence (1977, 1985, 1995) subsumes both Spearman's g and underlying information processing components. Sternberg's Triarchic Theory is an important effort to synthesize the various theories of intelligence. His triarchic theory includes three components:

· Analytical (componential)
· Creative (experiential)
· Practical (contextual)

Analytical Intelligence

Analytical Intelligence (Academic problem-solving skills) is based on the joint operations of meta-components and performance components and knowledge acquisition components of intelligence. Analytical Intelligence is similar to the standard psychometric definition of intelligence e.g. as measured by Academic problem solving: analogies and puzzles, and corresponds to his earlier componential intelligence. Sternberg argues that this reflects how an individual relates to his internal world. He believes that Analytical Intelligence (Academic problem-solving skills) is based on the joint operations of meta-components and performance components and knowledge acquisition components of intelligence.

# Metacomponents - This subcategory consists of the higher-order, or executive processes such as the planning, monitoring, and evaluation of the performance of a task.
# Performance Components - This category includes the execution of plans and strategies developed by the metacomponents, and plays a role in relating new information to novel situations through previously inferred concepts.
# Knowledge-acquisition Components - These lower-order processes consist of selective encoding, when relevant information is separated from irrelevant, selective combination, when new and old information is organized, and selective comparison when new information is compared to previous cognitive constructs to update the metcomponents (http://academics.tjhsst.edu/psych/oldPsych/sternberg/). ...

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Discusses Sternberg's triarchic theory of intelligence and why choosing a career is such an important issue for young adults. It also discusses the factors that influence career choice. Illustrative examples are included.

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