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
     
 

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…  See more details below

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

Preface
Introduction: Motives, Meanings, and Contexts1
1Spirit and Science: Faith, Healing, and Mission16
2"A Little Child Shall Lead Them": Educational Evangelism and Child Study44
3"Psychological Work among the Feeble-Minded": The Medical Meaning of "Mental Deficiency"71
4Psychological Work in the Schools: The Statistical Meaning of "Subnormality"105
5Causes and Consequences: The Kallikak Family as Eugenic Parable143
6The Biology and Sociology of "Prevention": "Defectives, Dependents, and Delinquents"186
7Psychological Work and the State: Reformers, Professionals, and the Public222
8Psychological Work and the Nation: The Political Meaning of Intelligence261
9Leaving Vineland: Popularity, Notoriety, and a Place in History301
Epilogue: Psychological Legacies, Historical Lessons, and Luck348
Abbreviations Used in the Notes365
Notes366
Major Manuscript Collections Consulted440
Publications by Henry Herbert Goddard442
Index449

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