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Discussion Questions
Issues in Intelligence

What do conventional IQ tests really measure?

Can intelligence be measured fairly? Accurately? Are present paper/pencil tests sufficient?

Is intelligence measured by the test? Or is it defined by the test?

Is intelligence one general trait, or a set of diverse abilities? If diverse, are they related and dependent, or unrelated and independent?

Is intelligence solely a measure of academic potential, or does it also encompass the ability to handle new learning within the context of everyday life?

Are verbal and numerical abilities the foundations upon which all intellectual skills are developed for a lifetime?

For what purposes should we attempt to assess intelligence?

Is intelligence fairly stable across a person's lifespan, or can intelligence be increased?

Does intelligence decrease with age? Should speed count?

Is intelligence more dependent on genetics or environment?

Is intelligence a predictor of success?