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SATs, ACTs, GPAs. Everyone knows that these scores can't tell a college everything that's important about an applicant. But what else should admissions officers look for, and how can they know it when they see it? In "College Admissions for the 21st Century" a leading researcher on intelligence and creativity offers a bold and practical approach to college admissions ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Harvard University Press
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Montse
Oct 13, 2012 Montse rated it really liked it
This book offers a refreshing perspective guided by the paradigm of critical theory and an intention to make college admissions more equitable, diverse, and effective. The author bases his argument on a self-devised “psychological theory of abilities,” or what he calls, “augmented theory of successful intelligence.” Successful intelligence has four components—analytical, creative, practical, and wisdom-based intelligence—and is meant to more accurately predict not only academic performance but ...more
Dayna
Jun 02, 2012 Dayna rated it really liked it
I don't think I was the intended audience of this book. As someone with a psychology degree and three years working in admissions, the first half of the book were re-hashing what I already know-- the testing system, definitions of intelligence, what SATs and ACTs are actually testing, how colleges make their admissions decisions, etc. I sped right through it and found it rather boring.

However, the second half was much more interesting to me. Sternberg talks about his research, and how Tufts beg
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McKenzie
Feb 02, 2011 McKenzie rated it liked it
I had really high hopes for Sternberg's study of college admissions and how new types of tests could better predict which students will not only be successful in college, but in their careers afterwards. Unfortunately, I ended up feeling mildly disappointed in this book-- where I wanted more of the specifics of his research, he provided a very elementary-style, ambling discussion of various aspects of college and intelligence that never quite came together. I really feel that he might have ...more
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Robert J. Sternberg's spectacular research career in psychology had a rather inauspicious beginning. In elementary school he performed poorly on IQ tests, and his teachers' actions conveyed their low expectations for his future progress. Everything changed when his fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Alexa, saw that he had potential and challenged him to do better. With her encouragement, he became a ...more
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