Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952651 | Print ISBN: 9781412924702 | Online ISBN: 9781412952651| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The concept of practical intelligence reflects the idea that there might be some ability besides general mental abilities ( g ), some street smarts or common sense that predicts how successfully individuals handle situations in their actual lives in the form of appropriate responses, given facts and circumstances as they are discovered, and considering a person's short- and long-range goals. This definition of practical intelligence is in some ways different from the usual conception and measurement g . First, unlike tasks assessing g , tasks for practical intelligence aim at the individual's own long- and short-range goals and are usually of the individual's own intrinsic interest, rather than being formulated by others. Second, the task is encountered during a situation connected to the individual's ordinary experience; and, because it is quite uncommon in classic assessments of g but rather ordinary in real life, those facts of the situation as they ...