ERIC Number: ED074172
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Publication Date: 1972
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Race and Intelligence: The Fallacies Behind the Race-IQ Controversy.
Richardson, Ken, Ed.; Spears, David, Ed.
This collection of essays about intelligence stems from the revived nature-nurture controversy about the origins of mental abilities, led notably by Arthur Jensen, whose article in 1969 created a furore in the U.S.A., and more lately by H. J. Eysenck in Britain. In planning this book, an attempt has been made to step back from the debate itself and look at the concepts which underlie it. This involves a close examination of the key ideas as well as some of the implications of the evidence for our complex, heterogeneous society. After an opening chapter by Liam Hudson which sets the stage and provides the historical background, the book is divided into three parts. The first is psychological and deals with the nature of intelligence, its development, and relationship to school progress. The second part is the domain of the biologists, who discuss the genetics of IQ and intelligence, and the interpretation of race differences in these capacities. Then, attention is turned to development and a consideration of environmental influences on brain growth. In the final part, the scope is broadened to look at the social world, both as the context for the development of intelligence, and as the context for the debate about race differences. The concluding chapter draws together the major threads of the argument and discusses some of the educational implications, particularly those for compensatory education. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Development, Compensatory Education, Educational Planning, Environmental Influences, Genetics, Heredity, Intelligence, Intelligence Differences, Neurology, Physiology, Prenatal Influences, Racial Differences, Racial Discrimination, Social Differences
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