`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

Raising Children's Intelligence
Raising children's intelligence

Intelligence, as we discovered in Chapter 3, is not the unchangeable trait that traditionalists have insisted it is. Altering intelligence is no more difficult than improving other abilities. That is not to deny that raising a person's IQ is a substantial task. Because an intelligence test samples a number of different cognitive capabilities, more knowledge and more skills have to be gained in order to increase a person's IQ score than is necessary to improve narrower abilities to a comparable extent. All the same, big gains can be achieved. The present chapter examines some of the positive influences that help to make this possible.

Nature, Nurture, and Experience

Customarily, psychologists have placed the various influences on intelligence into either of two categories, ...

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