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by Lewis M. Terman - 1928

For several years a lively controversy has waged among school people and psychologists with reference to the causes and significance of the large individual dif- ferences which intelligence and achievement tests have disclosed. The issues involved are obviously of great consequence :for educa- tional theory and practice, since they are part and parcel of the age-old problem as to the relative influence o:f nature and nurture upon hun;tan destinies. If the differences found are due in the main to controllable factors of environment and training, then, theoretically, at least, they can be wiped out by appropriate educational procedures-procedures which it would then become our duty to provide. On the other hand, if they are due primarily to differ- ences in original endowment, then the duty of the school is clearly to provide for differentiated training which will take these native differences into account.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 27, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 29 Number 9, 1928, p. 1-7
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20808, Date Accessed: 12/14/2019 12:05:24 AM

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