BEEC’s Director of Education Peter Alexander joins BEEC’s COO Jonathan Ginsberg for a discussion about problem solving, language, and intelligence. They approach this topic through four concepts: types of intelligence, types of learning, the role of language in problem solving, and the problem-solving process.
According to Alexander, intelligence can be crystalline or fluid. Crystalline intelligence is also known as “fixed” intelligence and is characterized by facts and rules. Fluid intelligence is not fixed and is what allows for ideas, insights, and decision-making. These types of intelligence interact with each other, but they use different kinds of memory. Crystalline intelligence uses long-term memory while fluid intelligence uses short-term memory.
Different types of learning are needed for each type of intelligence. Crystalline intelligence requires memorization and fluid intelligence requires “brain-stretching” tasks. Enrichment training at BEEC breaks these brain-stretching tasks into the categories of software applications, one-on-one coaching, and portfolio projects.
Enrichment training also emphasizes the importance of language to knowledge. As Alexander puts it, language is the only way to knowledge. For example, knowing the correct answer to a problem is not knowledge; being able to explain why you know that is the correct answer is knowledge.
The problem-solving process itself is heavily reliant on language. The process is four steps: a problem is stated, information is considered, conclusions are drawn, and a solution is provided. This process can’t happen without the use of language.
For more information, watch the full discussion on YouTube (https://youtu.be/YOtig9d70FU). If you have any questions on how BEEC can help you increase your intelligence, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!