Origins of Intelligence: Infancy and Early Childhood / Edition 2

Origins of Intelligence: Infancy and Early Childhood / Edition 2

by Michael Lewis PhD
     
 

ISBN-10: 030641225X

ISBN-13: 9780306412257

Pub. Date: 02/26/2004

Publisher: Springer US

A preface is an excellent opportunity for an editor to speak directly to the reader and share with him the goals, hopes, struggles, and produc­ tion of a volume such as this. It seems to me that I have an important obligation to tell you the origins of this volume. This is no idle chatter, but rather an integral part of scientific inquiry. It is important

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A preface is an excellent opportunity for an editor to speak directly to the reader and share with him the goals, hopes, struggles, and produc­ tion of a volume such as this. It seems to me that I have an important obligation to tell you the origins of this volume. This is no idle chatter, but rather an integral part of scientific inquiry. It is important before delving into content, theory, and methodology to talk about motivation, values, and goals. Indeed, it is always necessary to explicate from the very beginning of any intellectual and scientific inquiry the implicit assumptions governing that exercise. Failure to do so is not only an ethical but a scientific failure. We learn, albeit all too slowly, that science is a moral enterprise and that values must be explicitly stated, removing from the shadows those implicit beliefs that often motivate and deter­ mine our results. No better or more relevant example can be found than in the review of the implicit assumptions of the early IQ psychometri­ cians in this country (see Kamin's book, The Science and Politics of IQ, 1975).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306412257
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
02/26/2004
Edition description:
2nd ed
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.19(d)

Table of Contents

1 What Do We Mean When We Say “Infant Intelligence Scores”? A Sociopolitical Question.- 2 A History of Infant Intelligence Testing.- 3 Value and Limitations of Infant Tests: An Overview.- 4 Toward an Epigenetic Conception of Mental Development in the First Three Years of Life.- 5 Organization of Sensorimotor Intelligence.- 6 An Evolutionary Perspective on Infant Intelligence: Species Patterns and Individual Variations.- 7 Early Learning and Intelligence.- 8 Environmental Risk in Fetal and Neonatal Life and Measured Infant Intelligence.- 9 Understanding “Why”: Its Significance in Early Intelligence.- 10 Cross-Cultural Studies of Infant Intelligence.- 11 Social Class and Infant Intelligence.- 12 Looking Smart: The Relationship between Affect and Intelligence in Infancy.- 13 The Interplay between Cognition and Motivation in Infancy.- Author Index.

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