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Measuring Intelligence : Facts and Fallacies - David J. Bartholomew

Measuring Intelligence

Facts and Fallacies

Paperback Published: 26th August 2004
ISBN: 9780521544788
Number Of Pages: 186

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The testing of intelligence has a long and controversial history. Claims that it is a pseudo-science or a weapon of ideological warfare have been commonplace and there is not even a consensus as to whether intelligence exists and, if it does, whether it can be measured. As a result the debate about it has centred on the nurture versus nature controversy and especially on alleged racial differences and the heritability of intelligence - all of which have major policy implications. This book aims to penetrate the mists of controversy, ideology and prejudice by providing a clear non-mathematical framework for the definition and measurement of intelligence derived from modern factor analysis. Building on this framework and drawing on everyday ideas the author address key controversies in a clear and accessible style and explores some of the claims made by well known writers in the field such as Stephen Jay Gould and Michael Howe.

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'This book represents a step forward in the debate on measuring intelligence. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with the 'intelligence debate'. It will also make excellent reading for anyone learning about factor analysis, and provides a perfect illustration of the Bartholomew school of measurement models.' International Statistical Institute '... unquestionably well researched and very thorough.' Significance '... the author manages to present his ideas in a way that is both accessible to the general reader and useful to scholars in the relevant fields.' Science Direct '... commendable for its thoughtfulness and good judgment.' Intelligence 33

List of figuresp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
The great intelligence debate: science or ideology?p. 1
Originsp. 14
The end of IQ?p. 27
First steps to gp. 35
Second steps to gp. 42
Extracting gp. 55
Factor analysis or principal components analysis?p. 68
One intelligence or many?p. 74
The Bell Curve: facts, fallacies and speculationsp. 85
What is g?p. 96
Are some groups more intelligent than others?p. 110
Is intelligence inherited?p. 126
Facts and fallaciesp. 142
Notesp. 153
Referencesp. 164
Indexp. 168
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ISBN: 9780521544788
ISBN-10: 0521544785
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 186
Published: 26th August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.31