Introduction Practical Problem Solving in the Workplace Mathematics in the Grocery Store and on the Street Ceci and Liker’s Study of Racetrack Handicapping Cross-Cultural Research on Everyday Reasoning and Problem Solving Research by Wagner and Sternberg on Tacit Knowledge Summary


In this chapter I review some representative research projects on different forms of practical reasoning and problem solving, ranging from everyday uses of mathematics to specific job-related skills to the specialized abilities developed by particular cultures to more general forms of knowledge involved in occupational success. In this review I once again try to highlight some of the common themes and concerns of this research, as well as some of the ways in which these concerns and research results relate to the general conceptual issues developed in chapter 7. My aim in this review is to demonstrate that there is a growing and, despite the diversity of topics, an increasingly interconnected literature on the topic of practical intelligence.