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A Failure in Fidelity of Experimental Treatments

Robert J. Sternberg

I have long believed that many students would do better in their studies if they were taught in ways that better matched their patterns of cognitive skills. In my theory of successful intelligence (Sternberg, 1997a, 1997b), three kinds of skills are particularly important—analytical ones (Sternberg, 1985), creative ones (Niu & Sternberg, 2003; Sternberg & Davidson, 1982), and practical ones (Sternberg, 1997b; Sternberg & Smith, 1985). Most teachers emphasize teaching for memory and analytical-reasoning skills. Such traditional teaching tends to benefit students who are naturally analytical in their orientation, often the ones who do well on standardized tests. But these teaching methods may leave out students who are more creative ...

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