ERIC Number: EJ814253
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Reference Count: 4
According to Jim: The Flawed Normal Curve of Intelligence
Gallagher, James J.
Roeper Review, v30 n4 p211-212 Oct 2008
In this article, the author talks about the normal curve of intelligence which he thinks is flawed and contends that wrong conclusions have been drawn based on this spurious normal curve. An example is that of racial and ethnic differences wherein some authors maintain that some ethnic and racial groups are clearly superior to others based on obtained IQ scores. Yet, these scores are clearly influenced by environmental factors, so the argument is flawed. This only means that the IQ data are flawed and can not be used for the purpose of proving that there no differences between races or ethnic groups in mental abilities. The author also discusses the importance of early years of birth through 5 to the full development of the individual's potential and the significance of gifted education to make more gifted and talented students.
Descriptors: Intelligence, Race, Gifted, Talent, Intelligence Quotient, Racial Differences, Cognitive Ability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: N/A