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`In this remarkably economical, clear and informed book, Mike Howe... sets about unravelling the formidable semantic, logical and empirical knots into which IQ testers and their supporters have tied themselves.... Howe suggests that we have, for decades, been asking the wrong kinds of questions. He points to the number of alternative, theoretically richer, views of human intelligence that don't reduce all to a single dimension... this is rendered with an easy, readable style which assumes no previous technical knowledge' - British Journal of Educational Psychology In this provocative and accessible book, Michael Howe exposes serious flaws in our most widely accepted beliefs about intelligence. He shows that cr
Chapter 3: Can IQ Be Increased?
Can IQ Be Increased?
Can a person's intelligence be raised, and if so to how large an extent? In the face of what appears to be irrefutable evidence that children's intelligence can be substantially increased, intelligence theorists continue to insist that a person's level of intelligence is stable and resistant to change. Arthur Jensen's well-known 1969 statement that ‘compensatory education has been tried and it apparently has failed’ has been reiterated by a number of authors of books published in the 1990s. Christopher Brand asserts that Jensen has been vindicated and that the impact of intervention programmes has been ‘vanishingly slight’ (1996: 134). J. Philippe Rushton believes that ‘intelligence is the trait with the strongest stability over time’ (1995: 24). Richard Herrnstein ...