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AN EXAMINATION OF JENSEN'S
THEORY CONCERNING
EDUCABILITY, HERITABILITY
AND POPULATION DIFFERENCES

S. Biesheuvel

It is difficult, within the confines of a symposium, to deal effectively with Prof. Jensen's view that the difference in performance of white and black Americans at school and in intelligence tests must be ascribed more to genetic than to environmental factors. There is obviously no time to evaluate the vast amount of research material he has reviewed in support of his hypothesis. (Symposiasts were supplied with a 385 page manuscript and a summary of its contents). 1 The best one can do is to comment on the principal arguments put forward in the summary. Here

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From Psychologia Africana, Volume 14, No. 2, 1972, pp. 87-94. Reprinted , by permission. Originally, this was a paper contributed by invitation to a symposium on "Genetic and Cultural Differences in Abilities: Educational and Occupational Implications," at the I7th International Congress of Applied Psychology, held at Liège in July 1971. The symposium was convened and chaired by Prof. P. E. Vemon, Emeritus professor of psychology at the University of London, and now professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Calgary, Alberta. Prof. A. R. Jensen, Institute of Human Learning, University of California, Berkeley, U. S. A., was the principal speaker.

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