Intelligence Quotient: Gardner's Triarchic Theory Of Intelligence

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Sternberg’s lifelong love-hate affair with intelligence testing is certainly an entertaining, if not eye-opening, read. His grappling with test anxiety and subsequent development of a standardised intelligence test before he was even in his teens had me thinking on the use of Intelligence Quotient (IQ) as a predictor of intelligence. Sternberg’s early struggles as an undergraduate before becoming an authority in psychology leaves me to wonder if what I teach my students in class is really preparing them for the real world.
IQ vs Intelligence
Just like many people around the world, we find it difficult here in Singapore to truly understand what intelligence is. We have come to accept that intelligent people are those who are book smart and do well enough in tests to enable them to earn a place in the GEP. IQ tests generally measure only one’s spatial, verbal and mathematical abilities, only three out of eight components of Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence, and only the analytical and creative/experimental components of Sternberg’s Triarchic Theory of Intelligence. Interestingly, the Flynn effect describes how IQ tests scores have been steadily increasingly over the last 100 years or so, but Flynn himself pointed out in 2007 that the only thing changing is the ability to think hypothetically; we have thus confused abstract thinking with intelligence.
Why then is IQ still widely used as a means of testing for intelligence? I see it as a matter of standardisation, one

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