Intelligence Testing and Minority Students offers the reader a fresh opportunity to re-learn and re-consider the implications of intelligence testing. Richard R. Valencia and Lisa A. Suzuki discuss the strengths and limitations of IQ testing relative to the factors which may contribute to biased results. They review the history of the adaptation and adoption of intelligence testing; evaluate the heredity-environment debate; discuss the specific performance factors which apply to IQ testing of those in minority ethnic groups. This practical book offers the practitioner a good sense of what can be done to make testing and education serve the needs of all students fairly and validly, whatever their background.

A Multicultural Review of Cognitive Ability Tests

A multicultural review of cognitive ability tests

Despite criticisms and controversy, the field of intelligence testing has continued to grow, with greater numbers of measures on the market assessing a multitude of areas. The demand for cross-cultural validation of ability measures has led many to support the use of nonverbal “culturally reduced” measures and the modification of procedures for interpreting traditional intelligence tests. For example, many of these instruments do not specifically use the term “intelligence” in their titles (e.g., Cognitive Assessment System; Naglieri & Das, 1997). These may be identified as aptitude or cognitive measures that appear to assess areas parallel to those indicated within the intelligence domain. Thus, in this chapter, reference is made to cognitive ability ...

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