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The Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise


reviewed by Steven J. Condly — 2004

coverTitle: The Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise
Author(s): Robert J. Sternberg & Elena L. Grigorenko (Editors)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0521007763, Pages: 294, Year: 2003
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The opening remarks made by editors Sternberg and Grigorenko regarding the practical and theoretical need for unifying the psychologies of ability, competency, and expertise are well-founded. As any student of psychology knows, it does not take long for one to be struck with the unsettling realization that scientists can describe, and draw conclusions about, identical phenomena in markedly different ways. In an effort to advance unification, an edited book, with contributors noted for both their excellent research and their differing viewpoints, makes great sense. For the first time, interested readers have at their fingertips mutually competing and complementing perspectives defined, explained, and defended. Readers are now afforded the opportunity to draw their own conclusions regarding the relative merits of what is presented, but they are assured of having the rival positions fairly represented.   A comment on a curious omission, however, is in order. Why was intelligence, or g, not an overt part of the title? Has the term fallen that much out of favor? To be sure,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 299-305
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11205, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 11:28:20 AM

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  • Steven Condly
    University of Central Florida
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    STEVEN J. CONDLY is an assistant professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Central Florida. His research interests include the relationship between general intelligence and motivation, the cognitive psychology of incentives use, and the development of support technologies for the human memory system involved in complex information processing. His article (with Richard E. Clark and Harold D. Stolovitch), “The effects of incentives on workplace performance: A meta-analytic review of research studies,” has just been published in Performance Improvement Quarterly. He is currently involved in one project analyzing the motivational causes and correlates of job performance and retention in the hospitality industry, and another testing the efficacy of simulations embedded in on-line algebra course modules.
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