How much can we boost IQ? An updated look at Jensen's (1969) question and answer

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In February of 1969, Arthur Jensen published an article in the Harvard Educational Review that unleashed a storm of controversy that persists to this day. In the article, he presented evidence that racial and social class differences in intelligence test scores may have genetically determined origins, and proposed that African-American and children of lower socioeconomic status (SES) of all races might be better served by educational programs that recognize their presumed genetic limitations in learning capacity. The controversy was rooted less in the science surrounding what Jensen had to say than in the social implications of acting on Jensen’s proposal. Many thought this would create a permanent, ostensibly legitimized, underclass in which African-Americans would be disproportionately represented. Though Jensen’s presentation and the ensuing controversy were focused on the United States, the issues involved were and still are clearly relevant throughout the world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDevelopmental Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationRevisiting the Classic Studies
EditorsAlan M. Slater, Paul C. Quinn
PublisherLondon: Sage
ISBN (Print)9781526496843, 9781526496836
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

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NamePsychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies


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