Intelligence Testing: Methods and Results

Intelligence Testing: Methods and Results

Intelligence Testing: Methods and Results

Intelligence Testing: Methods and Results

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This book is an attempt to give a simple account of intelligence testing and the results which have so far been achieved by the testing movement. It is designed for use as a text in a college course, and it is hoped that it will prove useful in serving as a guide to the thousands of teachers who are now becoming interested in the use of intelligence tests in their schools.

The book is not a treatise on measurement in education or psychology. For this purpose, we have already the valuable works of Thorndike, Rugg, and others. Nor does it deal with the technique of test construction, which has been recently covered by McCall. Furthermore, it does not deal with educational tests, that is, with tests of achievement in school subjects, for in this field there are now many books. It is rather an attempt to tell the reader what is meant by intelligence testing, what means are employed to test general intelligence, and what results have been achieved.

Part One is mainly historical and theoretical in nature. It shows the gradual evolution of the intelligence test and discusses some of the basic assumptions underlying the work.

Part Two is a description of the various tests, individual and group, that are at present available. It aims to give the student a survey of the various methods by means of which intelligence is tested. The classroom instructor will supplement here by giving or dem-

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