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The Search for Ability

reviewed by Jerome E. Doppelt 1964

coverTitle: The Search for Ability
Author(s): D. A. Goslin
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This volume is the first to a series of reports on the social consequences of ability testing, for which publication is planned by the Russell Sage Foundation. Dr. Goslin is a sociologist who writes lucidly not only about the implications of a major social movement, but about some of the technical aspects of testing. He has undertaken "to raise the issue of the possible social consequences of testing-both good and bad-and to suggest some of the ways in which we might go about investigating these effects." Most readers will feel that the author has achieved his purpose, that he has presented an interesting perspective on the measurement of intellectual abilities. About half the book is devoted to ability testing in American society. The term "ability testing" is limited to the use of standardized tests for the measurement of intelligence, aptitude, or achievement; personality measures are not included. Starting with ability testing... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 2, 1964, p. 194-194
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2528, Date Accessed: 8/21/2018 3:15:18 PM

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