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Durham University

School of Education

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Publication details for Prof Joe Elliott

Stemler, S.E. Elliott, J. , Grigorenko, E.L. & Sternberg, R.L. (2006). There's more to teaching than instruction: seven strategies for dealing with the practical side of teaching. Educational Studies 32: 101-118.
  • Publication type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Practical intelligence; Teaching strategies; Social intelligence; Teacher education and training; Interpersonal competence; Behaviour management

Author(s) from Durham


In this paper, we highlight the importance for teachers of having sound practical skills in interacting with students, parents, administrators and other teachers, and argue that the development of such skills is often insufficiently considered in professional training. We then present a new framework for conceptualizing practical skills in dealing with others that follows directly from Sternberg's theory of successful intelligence. Finally, we outline and discuss an approach to measuring teachers' preferred strategies for dealing with others that we believe has promise, both for future research into the nature and characteristics of effective teachers and schools, and for the development of teacher expertise