ERIC Number: ED393938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Intelligence Testing and Social Policy.
Laosa, Luis M.
There is a resurgence of scientific and public interest and controversy centering on four interrelated themes: (1) intelligence testing; (2) racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic differences in measured IQ; (3) genetic and environmental influences on abilities; and (4) the role of scientific research in social policy. Given the polarization of views, dispassionate discussion is needed to help inform the ongoing debate. The aim of this paper is to contribute to this discussion by helping to clarify certain issues, assumptions, and concerns that, because they are often misunderstood or ignored, tend to obfuscate the debate. It is proposed that it is values, attitudes, and beliefs, and not rigorous rules of logic, that typically govern the process of drawing policy implications from scientific data. The study of values, attitudes, and beliefs has traditionally been the province of psychology, and it is reasonable to conclude that psychology, more so than any other single discipline, holds the key to a better understanding of connections between scientific research and public policy. (Contains 59 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Note: Version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (103rd, New York, NY, August 11-15, 1995).