Ch 3: AP Psychology: Intelligence Testing Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Intelligence Testing chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach theories of intelligence and its measurement in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Intelligence Testing chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Intro to intelligence
History of intelligence testing
The construct of 'intelligence' and how it has been viewed over the years
Early intelligence testing
The Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
Eugenics
TuesdayTypes of intelligence testing
Types of intelligence
The Stanford-Binet, Wechsler tests and other IQ tests
Theories of intelligence, including general intelligence and creative intelligence
WednesdayBiological bases of intelligence
Multiple intelligences
How physical conditions, including genetics, factor into intelligence
The eight types of intelligences, such as visual and linguistic
ThursdayCreativity and divergent thinking
Human diversity and IQ distribution
Measuring creativity and divergent thinking
What IQ test scores mean and human diversity in intelligence
FridayInfluences on IQEnvironmental and genetic influences on intelligence

9 Lessons in Chapter 3: AP Psychology: Intelligence Testing Lesson Plans
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Studying Intelligence: History, Psychologists & Theories

1. Studying Intelligence: History, Psychologists & Theories

We all want to be smart in one way or another, but what exactly is general intelligence? This lesson takes a look at the possible factors behind intellectual development and how this controversial topic has been examined by psychologists.

History of Intelligence Testing in Psychology

2. History of Intelligence Testing in Psychology

Throughout the years, there have been many methods used that attempted to accurately quantify and measure human intelligence. You've probably heard of or taken an IQ test, but what does an IQ test actually measure? Find out in this lesson.

Intelligence Testing and Types

3. Intelligence Testing and Types

Most people have heard of IQ. But how is it measured and what does it mean? In this lesson, we'll look at the history of intelligence testing, major types of intelligence tests, and the debate and controversy over intelligence.

What Are the Different Types of Intelligence?

4. What Are the Different Types of Intelligence?

Psychologists don't all agree on what intelligence is, a debate that has been going on since the 19th century. In this lesson, we'll examine some of the common theories of intelligence, including those of Binet, Gardner, and Sternberg.

Studying Intelligence: Biological vs. Environmental Factors

5. Studying Intelligence: Biological vs. Environmental Factors

Have you ever wondered if your intelligence is entirely due to genetics or if it's shaped by the environment surrounding you? In this lesson, you'll learn about the factors that affect and influence a person's intelligence.

What is Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences?

6. What is Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences?

Which types of intelligence do you identify with? As you watch this video on Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, you'll learn that intelligence can be a diverse concept not limited to one area.

Analytical Intelligence, Divergent Thinking & Creativity

7. Analytical Intelligence, Divergent Thinking & Creativity

Some people tend to think more analytically, while some are creative thinkers by nature. Is creativity an important skill for solving problems? In this lesson, we'll learn the differences between creative and analytical thinking and discover ways to nurture creative thinking.

Human Diversity and IQ Distribution

8. Human Diversity and IQ Distribution

People vary widely in their talents and skills. Some people are very good at schoolwork, which is often reflected in their IQ scores. Watch this lesson to find out more about IQ scores, including mental age and the bell curve distribution.

IQ: Environmental and Genetic Influences

9. IQ: Environmental and Genetic Influences

Do genetics play a role in intelligence? What about the environment a person grows up in? Explore some of the evidence that exists for each of these factors, as well as how researchers attempt to answer these questions in the following lesson.

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