Measuring Minds: Henry Herbert Goddard and the Origins of American Intelligence Testing by Leila Zenderland | 9780521443739 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
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: 0521443733

ISBN-13: 9780521443739

Pub. Date: 10/28/2014

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book offers the first complete study of the origins of American intelligence testing. It follows the life and work of Henry Herbert Goddard, America's first intelligence tester and author of the famous American eugenics tract, The Kallikak Family. The book traces the controversies surrounding Goddard's efforts to bring Alfred Binet's tests of intelligence from

Overview

This book offers the first complete study of the origins of American intelligence testing. It follows the life and work of Henry Herbert Goddard, America's first intelligence tester and author of the famous American eugenics tract, The Kallikak Family. The book traces the controversies surrounding Goddard's efforts to bring Alfred Binet's tests of intelligence from France to America and to introduce them into the basic institutions of American life—from hospitals to classrooms to courtrooms. It shows how testers used their findings to address the most pressing social and political questions of their day, including povery, crime, prostitution, alcoholism, immigration restriction, and military preparedness. It also explores the broader legacies of the testing movement by showing how Goddard's ideas helped to reshape the very meaning of mental retardation, special education, clinical psychology, and the "normal" mind in ways that would be felt for the rest of the century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521443739
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2014
Series:
Cambridge Studies in the History of Psychology Series
Pages:
478
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.54(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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