Module 31 - Theory Spearmans General Intelligence Theory...

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Theory Summary Strengths Other Considerations Spearman’s General Intelligence Theory (G) A basic intelligence predicts our abilities in varied academic areas Different abilities, such as verbal and spatial, do have some tendency to correlate Human abilities are too diverse to be encapsulated by a single general intelligence factor Thurstone’s Primary Mental Abilities Theory Our intelligence may be broken down into seven factors: word fluency, verbal comprehensio n, spatial ability, perceptual speed, numerical ability, inductive reasoning, and memory A single G score is not as informative as scores for seven primary mental abilities Even Thurstone’s seven mental abilities show a tendency to cluster, suggesting an underlying g factor Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory Our abilities are best classified into eight independent intelligences, which include a broad range of skills beyond traditional school smarts Intelligence is more than just verbal and mathematical skills. Other
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