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ELEANOR ARMOUR-THOMAS

In: Handbook of Racial & Ethnic Minority Psychology

Chapter 18: Assessment of Psychometric Intelligence for Racial and Ethnic Minorities: Some Unanswered Questions

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Assessment of Psychometric Intelligence for Racial and Ethnic Minorities: Some Unanswered Questions
Assessment of psychometric intelligence for racial and ethnic minorities: Some unanswered questions

The validity of conventional tests of intelligence for racial and ethnic minorities has remained one of the most enduring and contentious issues in psychoeducational assessment. At the heart of the seemingly unending debate is whether intelligence as measured by standardized tests is a universal phenomenon and therefore could be subjected to legitimate comparisons between and among cultural groups. Despite the furor, conventional tests of intelligence continue to be used for educational purposes. For example, test scores predict school grades, standardized academic achievement, and some aspects of job performance (Greenfield, 1997; Neisser et al., 1996), and they are used as a major factor ...

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