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Black Intellectuals, Intelligence Testing in the 1930's and the Sociology of Knowledge


by William B. Thomas 1984

This article disputes psychological test results from the 1920s that indicated low performance by Blacks. Inaccurate experimental research procedures and conclusions of tests are observed. Cultural determinants, heredity, and influence of test instruments on data are examined. (Source: ERIC)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 85 Number 3, 1984, p. 477-501
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 850, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 11:38:14 AM

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  • William Thomas
    University of Pittsburgh
    WILLIAM B. THOMAS, a Fulbright teaching fellow in Denmark and Belgium, teaches sociology of education at the University of Pittsburgh. His works appear in The American Sociologist, American Journal of Education, Journal of Negro Education, Urban Education, Phi Delta Kappan, and Education and the Rise of the New South (Ronald K. Goodenow and Arthur O. White, eds.).
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