ERIC Number: EJ889686
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Reference Count: 28
You Think You Know Ghetto? Contemporizing the Dove "Black IQ Test"
Laundra, Kenneth; Sutton, Tracy
Teaching Sociology, v36 n4 p366-377 Oct 2008
Measuring student intelligence has been problematic in the United States since standardized testing first began in the early 1900s. The omnipresence of standardized testing in student populations is illustrated by the most popular contemporary tests which are used by some scholars to advance the notion that intelligence differences between whites and racial minorities may be based in actual genetic or hereditary differences rather than cultural or environmental factors or in the testing construct itself. For academicians interested in broaching this issue with students in the classroom, it is important to demonstrate those elusive factors that play a role in divergent scores across racial groups and income levels. One way to demonstrate these effects is a tangible classroom activity that provides greater insight into such bias in testing. This paper offers a modernized version of a widely used mock questionnaire--Dove's "Black IQ Test"--intended to draw out factors related to test bias for classroom discussion which they call "You Think You Know Ghetto?"
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Academic Achievement, Intelligence Quotient, Test Bias, African Americans, Racial Bias, Intelligence Tests, Test Construction, Test Validity, Cognitive Measurement, Intelligence, Race, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Economic Status, Context Effect, Scores, Testing, Ghettos, Disadvantaged, Systems Approach
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States