- Why does intelligence continue to fascinate us?
- Is there only one kind of intelligence, or are there multiple intelligences?
- Is intelligence innate or is it malleable?
- Where is the study of intelligence heading?
Intelligence has been among the most controversial constructs in all of the social sciences, from its origin as a concept a thousand years ago by such thinkers as Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato to the present. The answer to the question "What is intelligence?" has tremendous implications for how we view the relationships between mind, education, and society. Is intelligence one general trait or a host of multifaceted abilities? Are racial and socioeconomic differences in intelligence evidence of nature or nurture? Are all intelligent people also creative? Are we getting smarter as a species? Do our beliefs about our own intelligence matter?
This book provides a highly accessible introduction to the many facets of human intelligence, with careful presentation of the wide range of theories and perspectives, past and present, regarding this complex subject. Written by a team of renowned scholars, it discusses the long history of the study of intelligence, which in many ways parallels the founding and growth of psychology itself. It will be an ideal text for students of intellectual assessment, learning and education, and psychological testing and measurement.
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About the Author
Jonathan Plucker, PhD, is a professor of educational psychology and cognitive science at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he also directs the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy. He is past-chair of the Research and Evaluation Division of the National Association for Gifted Children, and he currently serves as president of American Psychological Association's Division 10, the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. He has received numerous awards for his research, including the Early Scholar Award and Paul Torrance Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, the Berlyne Award from APA's Division 10, and two awards from the Mensa Education and Research Foundation for Excellence in Research.
Table of ContentsChapter 1. Why Does Intelligence Continue to Fascinate Us?
Chapter 2. A Quick Survey of the History of a Perplexing Construct
Chapter 3. Intelligence or Intelligences?
Chapter 4. Nature v. Nurture: The Flynn Effect
Chapter 5. Giftedness and Multipotentiality
Chapter 6. Beliefs about Intelligence
Chapter 7. Where is the Study of Intelligence Heading?