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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

Using IQ Scores to Make Predictions
Using IQ scores to make predictions

This chapter raises some straightforward questions about the practical applications of intelligence tests. It inquires into the extent to which IQ scores are useful for making predictions about people and their abilities. Often, waste and inefficiency can be avoided by making sure that people who are appointed to jobs are intelligent enough to do them properly, or by ensuring that individuals who are accepted for an educational programme possess the mental skills that will allow them to succeed. Do intelligence tests help achieve those aims?

The extent to which a test is effective depends partly on what it is being used for. Intelligence test scores are fairly good predictors of a child's progress at school, ...

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