Measurement of intelligence: misplaced trust and the lure of prophecy.

TitleMeasurement of intelligence: misplaced trust and the lure of prophecy.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsSLACK WV
JournalMD Comput
Volume12
Issue5
Pagination363-72
Date Published1995 Sep-Oct
ISSN0724-6811
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Aptitude Tests, Career Choice, Child, Educational Status, Humans, Intelligence Tests, School Admission Criteria, Social Environment
Abstract

A careful look at studies of "intelligence" and "aptitude" tests belies the contention that these tests measure heritable attributes. Rather, they are achievement tests that measure learned abilities. When stripped of the aura of "intelligence" and "aptitude" and compared with other indexes of accomplishment, they are poor predictors of future performance. Furthermore, when promulgated as measures of cognitive potential, they are socially harmful, particularly to disadvantaged children.

Alternate JournalMD Comput
PubMed ID7564960
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