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1 BSC 3402 Theory and Practice in the Biological Sciences The Mismeasure of Man: IQ Testing by S.J. Gould 15 September 2010
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2 Organizational for Today Name cards Return last week’s response papers Questions about web site? Class expectations? Next week Read The Double Helix (pp. given on schedule) Videos to give you a sense of actors This week: Explain your thesis to the class and we’ll have a short discussion of each Further discussion of Gould and IQ
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3 Gould’s Views of IQ Testing What are the problems that Gould sees with IQ testing Cultural bias Actually testing literacy Inadequate instructions Interactions between testers and test takers Poor physical conditions
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5 IQ as a way of identifying students who needed help He feared that IQ would be used to label children He also feared that IQ would be used as a self- fulfilling prophesy He did not label his IQ as inborn intelligence, he only meant it to be a practical guide for identifying children who needed special education Intelligence can be augmented by good education Binet IQ Test
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6 Controversial Study of African IQ Levels Is 'Deeply Flawed' Wicherts and his colleagues examined over 100 published studies, concluding that there is no evidence to back up Lynn's claims [IQ scores are lower from subsaharan peoples]. Amongst other flaws, Lynn used selective data by systematically ignoring Africans with high IQ scores. The researchers also claim that African IQ test scores cannot be interpreted in terms of lower intelligence levels, as these scores have different psychometric characteristics than western IQ test scores. The scientists point out that the average African IQ is currently
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