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ERIC Number: ED018209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 195
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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EXPERIENCES AND ATTITUDES OF AMERICAN ADULTS CONCERNING STANDARDIZED INTELLIGENCE TESTS.
BRIM, ORVILLE G., JR.; AND OTHERS
AS A PHASE OF A STUDY OF THE SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES OF ABILITY TESTING, A NATIONAL STRATIFIED RANDOM SAMPLE OF 1,482 ADULTS WAS INTERVIEWED. OF THE RESPONDENTS, 59 PERCENT REPORTED AT LEAST ONE EXPERIENCE WITH A TEST OF APTITUDE OR INTELLIGENCE. WHILE THEY SAID THEY WERE RELATIVELY WELL INFORMED ABOUT TEST RESULTS THEY CONSIDERED SUCH TESTS AS LESS IMPORTANT THAN SCHOOL OR WORK SUCCESS AS INDICATIONS OF ABILITY. TEST EXPERIENCES WERE MORE COMMON AMONG MALES, AMONG YOUNGER RESPONDENTS, AND AMONG WHITE PERSONS. MEMBERS OF LOWER CLASSES ARE LESS LIKELY TO HAVE TAKEN TESTS AND THEIR EXPERIENCE IS IN FEWER CONTEXTS. THOSE WHO HAVE A FAVORABLE ATTITUDE TOWARD SUCH TESTS TEND TO BE BETTER INFORMED ABOUT TESTS AND ABOUT THEIR OWN SCORES. INTELLIGENCE TESTS ARE SEEN AS MEASURING WHAT IS INBORN, RATHER THAN WHAT IS LEARNED, MORE FREQUENTLY BY WOMEN, BY NEGROES, AND BY LOWER CLASS MEMBERS. THE BULK OF THE REPORT CONSISTS OF TABLES SHOWING DISTRIBUTIONS OF RESPONSES. (WO)
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Authoring Institution: Russell Sage Foundation, New York, NY.
Identifiers: RUSSELL SAGE FOUNDATION