Becoming Brilliant

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Becoming Brilliant

For the full interview, see this episode of The
Brookings Cafeteria podcast
, from the Brookings Institution website. Note: The opinions expressed in this interview are those of the authors and should not be taken to represent the official views or policies of the American Psychological Association.


Everyone’s talking about Becoming Brilliant, by Roberta Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek! When we published it in May of this year, it was an Amazon.com best seller, and it remains in the Top 20 of the Child Psychology books.

In July, we published an interview with the authors, where we explored what inspired the authors and how the Six Cs are measured, and NPR also posted an interview with the authors.

They were also interviewed for “The Brookings Cafeteria” podcast, “a podcast about ideas and the experts who have them.”

Here are two highlights from that podcast, courtesy of Brookings Institution. In the first short clip, you can hear the authors discuss “the Six Cs”: collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence. In the second clip, the authors discuss how children should be invited “to think critically and to learn in a more open-ended and playful and joyful way.”


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