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Inventing intelligence : how America came to worship IQ

Author: Elaine E Castles
Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, 2012.
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The use and misuse of IQ tests has long been a subject of contention in the scientific and social communities, particularly because these evaluations favor intelligence at the expense of other valuable human qualities. This is the first book of its kind to examine the historical development of our modern concept of intelligence and to explore America's fascination with the controversial exams that purport to measure  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elaine E Castles
ISBN: 1440803382 9781440803383
OCLC Number: 876610788
Description: 1 online resource (x, 198 pages)
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication Page; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Worshipping at the Altar of IQ; 2. Intelligence in Historical Context: The Colonial Experience; 3. Science in Nineteenth-Century America: Intellect, Intelligence, and the Science of Man; 4. Merit and Social Status in Nineteenth-Century America; 5. Phrenology: A Precursor to IQ Testing; 6. Intelligence and its Measurement; 7. IQ Testing, Social Control, and Merit; 8. Democratic Ideology and IQ Testing; 9. A Century of IQ Testing: The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same. 10. Toward a Broader Conception of Intelligence11. Toward a More Balanced Perspective on Heredity and IQ; 12. Toward a More Equitable Conception of Merit; Notes; Index; About the Author.
Responsibility: Elaine E. Castles.

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The use and misuse of IQ tests has long been a subject of contention in the scientific and social communities, particularly because these evaluations favor intelligence at the expense of other valuable human qualities. This is the first book of its kind to examine the historical development of our modern concept of intelligence and to explore America's fascination with the controversial exams that purport to measure it.

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