ERIC Number: ED279720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov-20
Reference Count: 0
Why Intelligence Tests Must Change.
Today's tests of intelligence are largely unchanged over the past 70 to 80 years, despite substantial changes in the way intelligence is conceptualized. The history of intelligence testing reveals that much more has been done to perfect the measurement of traits that are static and immutable than has been done to make or keep intelligence tests relevant. The major factors that make today's intelligence tests suspect are the advances in theory, especially so in the area of cognitive psychology; more extensive needs of clinicans; and changes in the populations with which intelligence tests are being used. Tomorrow's tests will have to be more theory-based, produce better diagnostic information, and be relevant to the types of test-takers with which they will increasingly be used. However, changes in tests will not occur overnight, as publishers will not move rapidly in the absence of a proven market, and the market will not arise until test users are widely educated to the deficiencies of the existing tests and the promise of tomorrow's tests. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Memphis, TN, November 19-21, 1986).