IQ Tests and Intelligence
Identify your own unique talents and build on them

Latest research proves conclusively:

  • 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.
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."

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 eight.

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 , but particularly in chapter ten: Do it in style.


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