IQ Tests and
Identify your own unique talents and build on them
Latest research proves conclusively:
Researchers Gordon Dryden and Dr. Jeannette Vos, in their
best-selling book The Learning Revolution, describe so-called
intelligence tests as "possibly the worst educational
innovation of the 20th century."
- Intelligence is NOT fixed.
- We can go on developing it throughout life.
- There are many different types of intelligence, and we can
each build on our own unique strengths and greatly develop other
abilities where we may not naturally be so competent.
Two French psychologists, Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon,
developed the first modern IQ tests in 1905. Two American
psychologists, Lewis M. Terman and Maud A. Merrill, both of Stanford
University, later adapted the French work into what became known as
the Stanford-Binet tests.
These did a good job of testing certain abilities. But they did
not test all abilities. And, worse, they gave rise to the concept
that intelligence is fixed at birth. But intelligence is not fixed.
The major fault with so-called I.Q., or intelligence quotient,
tests is that they confuse logic with overall intelligence – when
logic is only one form of thinking or learning skill. Some tests also confuse linguistic ability with overall ability.
Harvard Professor Howard Gardner has been one of
many who have made pioneer breakthroughs in shattering the
"fixed I.Q" myth. For more than 15 years Gardner has used
prolific research to prove that each person has at least seven
different "intelligence centers", and probably at least
Other detailed research indicates that each one of us also has a
very individual learning style. Linking those two factors together
– multiple intelligences and learning styles – is providing some
of the most important breakthroughs in learning and education.
All aspects of this
research are covered in various parts of The Learning Revolution
particularly in chapter ten: Do it in style.
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