Rethinking Intelligence: Conceptualising Human Competence in Cultural Context

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  • Author :Ashok K. Srivastava, Girishwar Misra
  • Year of Publication :2007
  • ISBN: :9788180693397
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XII, 258
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Management, Psychology

About the Book :

This volume critically explores the domains of human intelligence in various traditions, including the Western scholarship, and constructively orients the study of intelligence in relation to culture and environmental context. After presenting an up-to-date review of the state-of-the-art in the field of intelligence research, it ventures to adopt an innovative approach to understand intelligence in the Indian cultural context following the analysis of Suktis, Hindi proverbs, and the views of the lay people in different parts of India. The results provide aspects of continuity and discontinuity. The findings tend to suggest a multifaceted concept of intelligence which the authors have termed as cognitive, social, entrepreneurial and emotional functions. The book is of interest to the students, researchers and professionals in psychology, human development, education and cultural studies.

About Author :

Ashok K. Srivastava, Ph.D., is Reader in Educational Psychology in the Department of Educational Research and Policy Perspective, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi. After earning a doctorate in Psychology from Utkal University, he taught at North-Eastern Hill University. During his academic career spanning over two decades, he has been associated with designing courses and training teacher educators in educational psychology, research methodology and action research methodology. In addition to publishing more than 35 papers in international and national journals, he has authored or edited two books.

Girishwar Misra, Ph.D., is Professor and former Head, Department of Psychology, and Dean Faculty of Arts, University of Delhi. He has been Fulbright Fellow at Swarthmore College and the University of Michigan. During his academic career spanning over three decades, he has previously taught at the Universities of Bhopal, Allahabad and Gorakhpur. The Government of Madhya Pradesh conferred upon him the Radhakrishnan and Dr. Hari Singh Gaur Awards. Professor Misra has authored or edited Psychological Consequences of Prolonged Deprivation, Deprivation: Its Social Roots and Psychological Consequences, Applied Social Psychology in India, Perspectives on Indigenous Psychology, Psychological Perspectives on Stress and Health, Psychology of Poverty and Social Disadvantage, and Contributions to Psychology in India. He has been President and Convener of the National Academy of Psychology, India. He is currently editing its journal Psychological Studies. He can be contacted at