A New Theory of Human Intelligence

May 29, 2018

by Anvi Kevany, Administrative Assistant

A New Theory of Human Intelligence is a very inspirational TEDx Talk by Scott Barry Kaufman, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, author and speaker.

The premise of his talk is:

“Do standard tests (like I.Q.) lie about how smart you really are? Do they show what you can really achieve? In this paradigm-shifting talk, Kaufman presents a new theory of human intelligence. Scott Barry Kaufman is deeply interested in using psychological science to help everyone– all kinds of minds— live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. A main takeaway from his work is that everyone is capable of creativity, the key is finding the thing that will let them shine the most.”

Kaufman can easily be called an expert on this topic. He has written, edited and co-authored several books pertaining to intelligence, the creative mind, gifted and twice-exceptional learners. He has also done research on different ways of identifying giftedness, high-ability and creativeness. In this presentation, he discusses a new theory of human intelligence that uses a holistic approach to learning, one that recognizes the capacity within each child.  Too often, institutions rely almost exclusively on IQ and standardized tests, which result in teaching practices that are rigid, unyielding and undifferentiated.  According to Kaufman, such practices lead to the type of teaching that does not encourage motivation, engagement or finding one’s passion.

Watch his lecture and listen carefully to how he describes his own educational experience as a young student. You will be amazed, perplexed and even saddened to hear about his journey, but eventually be impressed by his resilience, determination and perseverance. Kaufman is able to approach the topic from the perspective of both a researcher and a former disillusioned student, making the talk resonate from multiple angles.

What do you think of Kaufman’s theory of human intelligence? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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