Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count

Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count

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by Richard E. Nisbett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393065057

ISBN-13: 9780393065053

Pub. Date: 02/02/2009

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

A bold refutation of the belief that genes determine intelligence.
Who are smarter, Asians or Westerners? Are there genetic explanations for racial differences in test scores? What makes some nationalities excel in engineering and others in music? Will math and science remain a largely male preserve. From the damning research of The Bell Curve to the more recent

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A bold refutation of the belief that genes determine intelligence.
Who are smarter, Asians or Westerners? Are there genetic explanations for racial differences in test scores? What makes some nationalities excel in engineering and others in music? Will math and science remain a largely male preserve. From the damning research of The Bell Curve to the more recent controversy surrounding geneticist James Watson's statements, one factor has been consistently left out of the equation: culture. In the tradition of The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould, world-class social psychologist Richard E. Nisbett takes on the idea of intelligence as something that is biologically determined and impervious to culture—with vast implications for the role of education as it relates to social and economic development. Intelligence and How to Get It asserts that intellect is not primarily genetic but is principally determined by societal influences. Nisbett's commanding argument, superb marshaling of evidence, and fearless discussions of the controversial carve out new and exciting terrain in this hotly debated field.

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ISBN-13:
9780393065053
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/02/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1 Varieties of Intelligence 1

2 Heritability and Mutability 21

3 Getting Smarter 39

4 Improving the Schools 57

5 Social Class and Cognitive Culture 78

6 IQ in Black and White 93

7 Mind the Gap 119

8 Advantage Asia? 153

9 People of the Book 171

10 Raising Your Child's Intelligence ... and Your Own 182

Epilogue: What We Now Know about Intelligence and Academic Achievement 193

App. A Informal Definitions of Statistical Terms 201

App. B The Case for a Purely Environmental Basis for Black/White Differences in IQ 209

Notes 237

References 257

Credits 283

Index 285

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