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Principles Underlying the Construction and Use of Intelligence Tests


by Stephen S. Colvin 1922

The rapid development and extensive use of so-called intelligence tests during the past few years is one of the most striking and interesting facts in the field of educational psychology and one of the most significant in the province of school administration. Not only are psychologists today giving a large measure of their attention to devising, improving, and applying mental tests, but teachers and school administrators are employing these tests more and more to determine the ability of school children to do school work. Indeed, there is danger at present that the movement in the direction of intelligence testing may grow out of all bounds; that it may be misunderstood in theory and erroneously and even harmfully applied in practice. It is with the purpose of making somewhat clearer the nature of intelligence tests and of pointing out their value and their limitations that this chapter is composed.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 21, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 23 Number 6, 1922, p. 11-44
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20905, Date Accessed: 12/10/2017 7:31:40 PM

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