Measuring Minds: Henry Herbert Goddard and the Origins of American Intelligence Testing by Leila ZenderlandMeasuring Minds: Henry Herbert Goddard and the Origins of American Intelligence Testing by Leila Zenderland

Measuring Minds: Henry Herbert Goddard and the Origins of American Intelligence Testing

byLeila Zenderland

Hardcover | March 13, 1998

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This book offers the first complete study of the origins of American intelligence testing. It follows the life and work of Henry Herbert Goddard, America's first intelligence tester and author of the famous American eugenics tract, The Kallikak Family. The book traces the controversies surrounding Goddard's efforts to bring Alfred Binet's tests of intelligence from France to America and to introduce them into the basic institutions of American life--from hospitals to classrooms to courtrooms. It shows how testers used their findings to address the most pressing social and political questions of their day, including povery, crime, prostitution, alcoholism, immigration restriction, and military preparedness. It also explores the broader legacies of the testing movement by showing how Goddard's ideas helped to reshape the very meaning of mental retardation, special education, clinical psychology, and the "normal" mind in ways that would be felt for the rest of the century.
Title:Measuring Minds: Henry Herbert Goddard and the Origins of American Intelligence TestingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:478 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.54 inPublished:March 13, 1998Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521443733

ISBN - 13:9780521443739

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Table of Contents

Introduction: motives, meanings, and contexts; 1. Spirit and science: faith, healing, and mission; 2. 'A little child shall lead them': educational evangelism and child study; 3. 'Psychological work among the feeble-minded': the medical meaning of 'mental deficiency'; 4. Psychological work in the schools: the statistical meaning of 'subnormality'; 5. Causes and consequences: the Kallikak family as eugenic parable; 6. The biology and sociology of 'prevention': defectives, dependents, and delinquents; 7. Psychological work and the state: reformers, professionals, and the public; 8. Psychological work and the nation: the political meaning of intelligence; 9. Leaving Vineland: popularity, notoriety, and a place in history; Epilogue: psychological legacies, historical lessons, and luck.

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"Measuring Minds provides a detailed treatment of the life and work of Henry Herbert Goddard...The book is thoroughly documented and well written." The Jrnl of American History