Measuring Minds: Henry Herbert Goddard and the Origins of American Intelligence Testing

Measuring Minds: Henry Herbert Goddard and the Origins of American Intelligence Testing

by Leila Zenderland
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521003636

ISBN-13: 9780521003636

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book explores the early history of one of the most controversial psychological innovations of this century: intelligence testing. It follows Henry Herbert Goddard, America's first intelligence tester, as he tried to introduce this French innovation into the basic institutions of American life--from hospitals to classrooms to courtrooms to Ellis Island to the

Overview

This book explores the early history of one of the most controversial psychological innovations of this century: intelligence testing. It follows Henry Herbert Goddard, America's first intelligence tester, as he tried to introduce this French innovation into the basic institutions of American life--from hospitals to classrooms to courtrooms to Ellis Island to the United States Army. It also shows how this type of testing ultimately reshaped the very meaning of mental retardation, special education, clinical psychology, and the normal mind in ways felt ever after.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521003636
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
Cambridge Studies in the History of Psychology Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
478
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: motives, meanings, and contexts; 1. Spirit and science: faith, healing, and mission; 2. 'A little child shall lead them': educational evangelism and child study; 3. 'Psychological work among the feeble-minded': the medical meaning of 'mental deficiency'; 4. Psychological work in the schools: the statistical meaning of 'subnormality'; 5. Causes and consequences: the Kallikak family as eugenic parable; 6. The biology and sociology of 'prevention': defectives, dependents, and delinquents; 7. Psychological work and the state: reformers, professionals, and the public; 8. Psychological work and the nation: the political meaning of intelligence; 9. Leaving Vineland: popularity, notoriety, and a place in history; Epilogue: psychological legacies, historical lessons, and luck.

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