The Resource Social origins of mental ability, Gary Collier

Social origins of mental ability, Gary Collier

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Social origins of mental ability
Title
Social origins of mental ability
Statement of responsibility
Gary Collier
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Over the past century many influential books and articles have appeared in which authors have offered "irrefutable" empirical evidence for the genetic origins of human intelligence. At the same time, unfortunately, nearly all that has been written in defense of the nurture side of the "nature vs. nurture" debate has been polemical in nature, concentrating mainly on shooting holes in the opposition's arguments. Perhaps, then, Gary Collier's most outstanding achievement in authoring this defense of the social origins of mental ability is in offering a viable synthesis of supporting facts and ideas from the worlds of social psychology, the psychology of personality, and cognitive psychology. In so doing, he has done much to advance the nurture side of the debate
  • Social Origins of Mental Ability is divided into four interrelated parts. Part One provides a general overview within which the author examines some of the major controversies informing contemporary intelligence research. Some of these include debates about the nature and measurement of intelligence and the relative contribution of genetics and the environment. Recent research into artificial intelligence is also discussed with particular attention being paid to the limitations of the use of computer models in the investigation of human intelligence
  • Part Two delves into issues of the psychology of personality, including achievement motivation, locus of control, level of aspiration, and intrinsic motivation. Related areas, such as the fear of success, learned helplessness, resilient children, and self-handicapping strategies are also discussed. Gender differences are stressed in the chapter devoted to achievement motivation, while the differences between blacks and whites are explored in discussions of locus of control, level of aspiration, and self-esteem. Part Three reviews the research on the development of cognitive skills, beginning with the relationship between language and thought, and covering perception, memory, creative problem solving, and formal thought. It is argued that social conditions and previous experience shape every aspect of mental development, including the speed, breadth, and depth of human information processing
  • In the fourth and final part of Social Origins of Mental Ability, the author examines the status of blacks in America and reviews the research on early childhood intervention and education reform. The book concludes with a general discussion of the social cost of nonintervention and what may happen if politicians and educators choose to do nothing. The first comprehensive, systematic survey of research into the nonhereditary influences on intelligence, this book's impact will be felt beyond academe and the psychological community and is certain to have a profound influence upon the thinking of educators and policymakers in the years ahead
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Cataloging source
DLC
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Collier, Gary
Dewey number
155.9/2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BF341
LC item number
.C57 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
BF 341 C699 1994
Series statement
Wiley series on personality processes
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nature and nurture
  • Intellect
  • Intellect
  • Nature and nurture
  • Intelligentie
  • Erfelijkheid en omgeving
  • Entwicklung
  • Erbe-Umwelt-Problem
  • Intelligenz
  • Soziale Situation
  • Sozialpsychologie
  • Nature and nurture
  • Intellect
  • Aptitude
  • Cognition
Label
Social origins of mental ability, Gary Collier
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Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Wiley-Interscience publication."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-286) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The social psychology of intelligence -- Current controversies and converging trends. Motivation: Achievement motivations -- Internal-external locus of control -- Level of aspiration -- Intrinsic motivation. Cognitive skills: Language and thought -- Perceptual skills -- Memory -- Creative problem solving -- Formal thinking. Conclusion: Implications for social reform
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 300 pages
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1039970774
Label
Social origins of mental ability, Gary Collier
Link
Publication
Note
"A Wiley-Interscience publication."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-286) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The social psychology of intelligence -- Current controversies and converging trends. Motivation: Achievement motivations -- Internal-external locus of control -- Level of aspiration -- Intrinsic motivation. Cognitive skills: Language and thought -- Perceptual skills -- Memory -- Creative problem solving -- Formal thinking. Conclusion: Implications for social reform
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 300 pages
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1039970774

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