Wisdom, intelligence, creativity, synthesised:a model of giftedness

Authored by: Robert J. Sternberg

The Routledge International Companion to Gifted Education

Print publication date:  September  2008
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415461368
eBook ISBN: 9780203609385
Adobe ISBN: 9781136028786


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Giftedness is, in large part, a function of creativity in generating ideas, analytical intelligence in evaluating the quality of these ideas, practical intelligence in implementing the ideas and convincing others to value and follow the ideas, and wisdom to ensure that the decisions and their implementation is for the common good of all stakeholders. The model is referred to as WICS – wisdom, intelligence, creativity, synthesised – although the order of elements in the acronym is intended only to make it pronounceable (Sternberg 2003d, 2003f, 2005a, 2005).

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