Critical & Creative Thinking Questions
November 19, 2011
* 2. What are some examples of ways in which observational learning has benefited you in your life? Are there instances in which observational learning has worked to your disadvantage?
I have helped in the CCD program in our local church for a second year now. Observational learning has benefited me because, I have no teaching skills and I am not a social person, I usually was just a helper and never really taught the course, there have been instances where the teacher has not been able to come in due to illness or personal reasons. Not having ever thought this through, I have benefited because after time I have been able to handle classes without any help. Pretty much be a substitute, but I cannot seem to grasp the idea of handling a class for an entire semester. This would really be a disadvantage because my mental motivation is not geared toward taking an entire class.
*3. If Gardner’s and Sternberg’s theories of multiple intelligences are correct, what are the implications for intelligence testing and for education?
The implication for intelligence testing is dependent upon the purposes of the intelligence testing. The most popular intelligence assessments have expanded the number of factors of "intelligence" for which they provide scores, but they still provide a single score. The original purpose of intelligence assessments was to predict the likelihood of a person completing his academic requirements. When such a direct and simple purpose is required, a single score provides a better way of making a decision than to try to balance a host of scores. A single score is usually sought when making and administering policy.
However, if you are trying to perform diagnosis and want to provide treatment and want to focus that treatment where it is most needed, multiple scores