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Human Intelligence

Edited By J. McV. Hunt Copyright 1972
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    What determines human intelligence? What is its relationship to creativity? Its potential for change? To illuminate some of these questions, J. McVicker Hunt has gathered together a number of essays previously pub-lished in fra/jsaction magazine. This volume contains some of the answers that have been found, out emphasizes that we still need to learn a great deal about developing ways to assess our human resources. We remain, for example, uncertain about what abilities pinpoint intelligence, and the extent to which intellectual aoility can predict classroom success—or even the ability to perform a job well.

    Articles in this book sl'ow that indications of heritability have nothing to say about the educabiliry of individuals or classes or races. Investigations indicate that there is a great deal more plasticity in the development of behavior and abilities thnn was presumed by those who believe in predeter-mined intelligence. They also indicate that knowledge and ability both grow during the early years; knowledge grows throughout life; but the ability to acquire new knowledge

    These areas of developing knowledge are of political as well as social significance. Any attempts to upgrade the abilities of the poor or the disadvantaged must necessarily be concerned with manipulation of the envir-onment. These articles represent the most advanced available information about the relationship of experience, environment and heredity to the de-velopment of measurable intelligence.

    Introduction Part I. BACKGROUND FACTORS Genetics and Competence: Do Heritability Indices Predict Educability? The Role of Experience in the Development of Competence Intelligence-Why It Grows, Why It Declines Part II. OF SOCIAL CLASS AND EDUCATION The Demographic Context of Metropolitan Education Of Achievement, Hope, and Time in Poverty How Teachers Learn to Help Children Fail The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy in Ghetto Education Part III. CREATIVITY AND INTELLIGENCE Creativity and Intelligence in Children The Creative Artist as an Explorer Part IV. THE DEVELOPMENT AND UTILIZATION OF COMPETENCE A Revolution in Treatment of the Retarded Changing the Game from Get the Teacher to Learn Programmed for Social Class: Tracking in American High Schools Rich Man's Qualifications for Poor Man's Jobs About the Authors