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Human Abilities in Cultural Context - Sidney H. Irvine

Human Abilities in Cultural Context

By: Sidney H. Irvine (Editor), J. W. Berry (Editor)

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Published: 30th September 1988
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Human Abilities in Cultural Context constitutes a major new reference frame for conceptualizing and studying human abilities. It is a unique contribution. Part I offers a reevaluation of ability theory by the editors, S. H. Irvine and J. W. Berry, and strong individual statements by H. J. Eysenck, Arthur R. Jensen, Joseph R. Royce, and Robert J. Sternberg, who represent markedly different approaches to the measurement of intelligence. Part II reviews various regional and national empirical studies in Britain, Norway, Turkey, Australia, China, Japan, SOuthern Africa, and North America. Part III focuses on contexts in which the limits of assessment by psychological tests are defined: in minority native groups in North America, in migrants to Britain, in lower-caste enclaves in India, among African minorities, and among Australian Aborigines. Written by long-term residents of the regions in question, these chapters present a wealth of new data that has been ignored in Western formulations of theory and practice. After five years of editorial labor, Irvine and Berry have issued one of the best-informed, most sustained scientific challenges to conventional wisdom about the nature of mental abilities and the conditions that foster their development in decades - a challenge to which psychologists and educators must respond.

"...this book will help set the research agenda for another generation of psychologists..." Contemporary Psychology

Preface
Acknowledgments
Human Abilities in Theoretical Cultures
The abilities of mankind: a revaluation
A triatchic view of intelligence in cross-cultural perspective
The biological basis of intelligence
Speed of information processing and population differences
The factor model as a theoretical basis for individual differences
The meaning of item bias in ability tests
Cultural Responses to Ability Measurement
The British 'cultural influence' on ability testing
Cultural influences on patterns of abilities in North America Philip
Human abilities in the Eastern Mediterranean
The Norwegian tests and measuremtns in cultural context
Human assessment in Australia
Test performance of blacks in Southern Africa
Individual differences among the peoples of china
japanese abilities and achievements
Cultural Limits Upon Human Assessment
Native North Americans: Indian and inuit abilities
Aboriginal cognition and psychological nescience
Testing Bushmen in the Central
Caste and cognitive processes
Educational adaptation and achievement of ethnic minority adolescents in Britain
The diminishing test performance gap between English speakers and Afrikaans speakers in South Africa
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521344821
ISBN-10: 0521344824
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 636
Published: 30th September 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 1.06