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
     
 

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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)

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