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Education, Justice, and Democracy$
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Rob Reich and Danielle Allen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226012629

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226012933.001.0001

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The Myth of Intelligence

The Myth of Intelligence

Smartness Isn’t Like Height

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(p.155) Chapter 7 The Myth of Intelligence
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Education, Justice, and Democracy
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Gregory M. Walton

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226012933.003.0008

This chapter, which draws on recent work in psychology to demonstrate the socially situated nature of human intelligence, shows that intellectual performance is not simply lodged within individuals' high test scores, straight As are not owned by a person alone, and poor scores or bad grades are not only the student's responsibility. Rather, intellectual performance is an emergent property of persons and social situations—an interaction between the two. These findings suggest that conceptualizing “intelligence” as a stable property of individuals and a reliable way of distinguishing between them may be inappropriate.

Keywords:   human intelligence, intellectual performance, social situations

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