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Below is a sample breakdown of the Intelligence Testing in Psychology 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.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Introduction to and history of intelligence in psychology||Definition of general intelligence; history of intelligence testing, Alfred Binet, mental age and Intelligence Quotient (IQ)|
|Tuesday||Intelligence testing and types of tests||Common intelligence tests, such as the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children and the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale|
|Wednesday||Theories of intelligence; biological base||Discussion of general intelligence vs. analytical, practical, creative and multiple intelligence|
|Thursday||Multiple intelligences, creative thinking||Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences; eight types of intelligence; analytical vs. creative thinking, ways to nurture creative thinking and definition of divergent thinking|
|Friday||Influences on intelligence||Distribution of IQs scores and influences on IQ scores such as the environment and genetics|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8. 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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