Intelligence Testing

Do traditional IQ tests overlook some bright students?


Ingrained in the nation's educational system, intelligence tests are as American as apple pie. They play a crucial role in everything from college admissions to military job assignments. But IQ and aptitude tests have come under increasing criticism in recent years as measures of real-world intelligence. Although educators still generally consider them good predictors of school performance, a faction of the psychological community is challenging the use of traditional standardized tests. Led by Harvard's Howard Gardner, the upstarts embrace the theory of multiple intelligences, which holds that there are many varieties of intelligence encompassing talents often ignored by traditional IQ tests. As these new theorists exert a growing influence on educators' understanding of intelligence, the nation's classrooms could witness a quiet revolution in teaching and ...

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