V.M.WESTERBERG'S SUPER BRIEF DEVELOPMENTAL THEORIES SERIES
ROBERT STERNBERG’S TRIARCHIC THEORY OF INTELLIGENCE
Sternberg’s triarchic theory of intelligence suggests that intelligence is made up of three
1. Components: Componential intelligence relates to the mental components involved in
analyzing data, and in solving problems, especially problems involving rational behaviour.
2. Experience: Experiential intelligence refers to the relationship between intelligence, people's
prior experience, and their ability to cope with new situations.
3. Context: Contextual intelligence involves analysing the situation, the degree of success people
demonstrate in facing the demands of their everyday, real-world environments. Sternberg believed
that success in a career requires this type of intelligence, also called PRACTICAL INTELLIGENCE,
intelligence that is learned primarily by observing others and modelling their behaviour.
Context: The Sahara desert
Success in career: I’ve got the brains, I’ve got the experience, Where do l apply them?