ERIC Number: ED269585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Evaluation of Adult Intelligence: A New Constructivism.
Previous research on adult cognition has focused mainly on the distance that separates the adult from the "formal standard" and on the factors that interact with formal operations whether they are moderators of competence or a hypothetical fifth step. Results of new clinical research on adults can be used to argue for a new constructivism of adult intelligence where equilibrium processes and structuralization of intelligence operate differently from children. This new constructivism is called "adaptability" and accounts for four characteristics of adult intellectual evaluation: stability, flexibility, generalizibility, and organizibility of operations. The model of adaptability can be derived from Piaget's theory when one departs from the idea that formal operations are the essential component of adult intelligence. This suggests that intellectual evaluation of adults could be made more appropriate if it would concern itself more with adult adaptability and concentrate less on adult formal ability. (Author/YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (70th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).