Intelligence And I.Q
INTELLIGENCE & I.Q TESTING
In this essay I will be examining the question ?Are I.Q tests an accurate measure of intelligence?
In order to do this I must first define the world intelligence and second examine the context of an I.Q test.
Defining the word intelligence is in itself a complex task, does being intelligent mean a person has the potential to learn and apply their knowledge, to solve problems or to merely think rationally and deal with situations effectively. And if so are these qualities learnt or are we born with them.
Psychologists have many conflicting views on the subject and the debate over its true meaning is still continuing.
What influences our intelligence is also inconclusive. Some psychologists believe it may be due to environmental factors whilst others believe it is genetics and even health that are the main influence.
My own view is that all the factors play a part in our intellect. I believe that we are first influenced by our genetic make up but the environment in which we develop influences the extent to which our given ability is used, good parenting with stimulation and encouragement and a good social environment which opportunities must surely play a key role, but there
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