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IQ Testing 101

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Author: Alan S. Kaufman PhD


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While the use of intelligence tests is widespread, they are not without controversy. IQ supporters see IQ measures as valid predictors of academic success, capable of proving real differences in intellectual abilities and influencing educational policy. IQ critics such as Robert Sternberg and Howard Gardner believe that IQ is a limited measure of intelligence and that a truer picture should incorporate more cultural and contextual factors.

Alan Kaufman, a fellow of four divisions of the American Psychological Association, is a centrist in this debate. As a prot?g? of David Wechsler, Kaufman is a firmer believer in the goal of IQ tests, but believes that the system of IQ testing needs serious improvements. This provocative and controversial book tracks both sides of this ongoing debate. Kaufman provides a historical overview of IQ testing, and approaches both sides of the debate with critical questions, including:

  • How do heredity and our cultural environment influence our intelligence?
  • How does aging affect intelligence?
  • Are IQ tests irrelevant for Learning Disability Assessment?
  • What Will IQ Tests Be Like in 2030?

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In IQ Testing 101, Alan Kaufman gives a well thought out, articulate account of the historical development of intelligent IQ testing. It provides non-expert readers, like me, with a better understanding of IQ and its important clinical ramifications. Kaufman's engaging style of presentation makes you feel as if you are in the thick of this important field of inquiry...

--Jeffrey W. Kirsch, PhD
Executive Director
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

This impressive book is replete with meaningful material, wonderful anecdotes, excellent examples, profound truths, and solid empiricism, backed an abundance of clinical experience....This volume provides an outstanding introduction and a great refresher for readers interested in the topic of intelligence and its assessment.

--Bruce A. Bracken, PhD
The College of William & Mary

Professor Kaufman has made this remarkably accessible for all readers by using a personal journey of discovery style. So, whether you are a clinical psychologist or an interested lay person, 101 will tell you everything you wanted to know about IQ testing; don't be afraid to read it.

--Thomas Dillon, PhD
Group Senior Vice President retired
Science Applications International Corporation

Dr. Kaufman's superb writing makes one feel he is in the room talking to you....Psychologists, parents, educators and research scientists could all profit from reading this most important work by a master writer and thinker.

--Sara S. Sparrow, PhD
Yale University Child Study Center

Kaufman provides an outstanding look at the field of intelligence and intelligence testing in a manner that is understandable and at the same time very sophisticated....with a marvelous mixture of science, good sense, his own experience as a test developer, and a dose of humor.

--Jack A. Naglieri, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Devereux Center for Resilient Children

IQ Testing 101 is a must read for anyone (including IQ test administrators) looking for a clear, erudite, thought provoking, even entertaining introduction to the important issues surrounding IQ including the definitions, measurements, and development of human intelligence. So much is at stake with IQ testing and these ideas cannot be ignored.

--Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD (unrelated)
Yale University, Dept of Psychology
Co-Editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence (with Robert J. Sternberg) [T]his book will find its way into many college syllabi, not only because of the depth and breath of its coverage, but because of the wonderful way in which Dr Kaufman is able to make a difficult, often misunderstood topic so clear and thoroughly enjoyable.

--Ron Dumont, EdD, NCSP
Director of the Masters and Doctoral Programs in School Psychology
Fairleigh-Dickinson University


Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 20, 2009
  • Page Count 360
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826106292
  • EISBN 9780826106308

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1 Why Would Anyone Want to Read a Book About IQ Testing?
Chapter 2 History, Part 1: Who Invented the IQ Test?
Chapter 3 History, Part 2: At Long Last—Theory Meets Practice
Chapter 4 The IQ Construct, Part 1: We All Know What IQs Are—Don’t We?
Chapter 5 The IQ Construct, Part 2: How Accurate Are IQ Tests?
Chapter 6 Hot Topic: Is IQ Genetic?
Chapter 7 Hot Topic: Are Our IQs “Fixed” or Are They “Malleable”?
Chapter 8 Hot Topic—IQ and Aging: Do We Get Smarter or Dumber as We Reach Old Age?
Chapter 9 Hot Topic—IQ Tests in the Public Forum: Lead Level, Learning Disabilities, and IQ
Chapter 10 The Future of IQ Tests

Interview With The Author 

IQ Testing Myths, and Whether We Get Smarter As We Age: Alan Kaufman