Intelligence: What do we know?

From the time Alfred Binet developed the first I.Q. test in the early 1900’s, researchers, psychologists and educators have tried to assess and measure children’s intelligence. Thanks to Charles Spearman many theories include a g factor or general intelligence portion. The Cattell-Horn-Carroll theory expands on this to also include fluid and crystallized intelligence plus 8 more categories. Howard Gardner and Robert Sternberg subscribe to the notion of multiple intelligences, the idea that individuals have various more specific talents that cannot be measured with a single test. And what about creativity? Cultural specific skills? Or emotional intelligence?

With all of these factors to consider it becomes obvious that no one test can accurately assess or define our children’s intelligence or predict with any certainty how far their intelligence will bring them. Look for my post Intelligence: I.Q. Tests, What to know before you go for more on this topic.

The following link provides more information on current theories of intelligence. Controversy of Intelligence

Source: McDevitt, Teresa M. and Jeanne Ellis Ormrod. Child Development and Education. Pearson, 2016

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