Intelligence and how to Get it: Why Schools and Cultures Count

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2009 - Psychology - 304 pages
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Who are smarter, Asians or Westerners? Are there genetic explanations for racial differences in test scores? What makes some nationalities excel in engineering and others in music? Will math and science remain a largely male preserve. From the damning research of The Bell Curve to the more recent controversy surrounding geneticist James Watson's statements, one factor has been consistently left out of the equation: culture. In the tradition of The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould, world-class social psychologist Richard E. Nisbett takes on the idea of intelligence as something that is biologically determined and impervious to culture--with vast implications for the role of education as it relates to social and economic development. Intelligence and How to Get It asserts that intellect is not primarily genetic but is principally determined by societal influences. Nisbett's commanding argument, superb marshaling of evidence, and fearless discussions of the controversial carve out new and exciting terrain in this hotly debated field.

 

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Review: Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count

User Review  - Crystal Swenson - Goodreads

Very interesting! Although I was assigned this book for a class, the information that it shares is amazing. I was thoroughly enthralled with digesting this information that Nisbett presents. Read full review

Review: Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count

User Review  - Goodreads

Thus isn't a book for popular consumption. The author gets mired in statistical references and his frame of reference is heavily dosed with measures of standard deviations used to back up the author's ... Read full review

Contents

Varieties of Intelligence
1
Heritability and Mutability
21
Getting Smarter
39
Improving the Schools
57
Social Class and Cognitive Culture
78
IQ in Black and White
93
Mind the Gap
119
Advantage Asia?
153
Raising Your Childs Intelligence and Your Own
182
What We Now Know about Intelligence and Academic Achievement
193
Informal Definitions of Statistical Terms
201
The Case for a Purely Environmental Basis for BlackWhite Differences in IQ
209
Notes
237
References
257
Credits
283
Index
285

People of the Book
171

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About the author (2009)

Richard E. Nisbett is Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan and Research Professor at Michigan's Institute for Social Research. He has taught courses in social psychology, cultural psychology, cognitive psychology, and evolutionary psychology. His research focuses on how people from different cultures think, perceive, feel, and act in different ways. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association and the William James Fellow Award of the American Psychological Society and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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