Ch 2: Theories of Intelligence

About This Chapter

Learn about types of intelligence testing and the history of the intelligence testing movement by watching video and reviewing text lessons. Look at important individuals in this field and examine their theories involving human intelligence.

Theories of Intelligence - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter explain the major types of intelligence testing and their histories. You'll learn about the different definitions of 'intelligence' and how specific tests measure them. Other lessons look at the work of important thinkers in this field, including Alfred Binet and Charles Spearman, their theories, and their impact on education. Reviewing these lessons can help you prepare to:

  • Relate the history of intelligence testing
  • Name several types of intelligence
  • List the major types of intelligence testing
  • Explain what is meant by multiple intelligences
  • Describe the work of Alfred Binet and its impact on education
  • State the theories and impact of Charles Spearman and Howard Gardner
  • Analyze Sternberg's triarchic theory of intelligence

These lessons and quizzes make learning enjoyable, thanks to our expert instructors. Written transcripts of each lesson are available, some with links to textual material offering additional information. The videos utilize tags that make it simple to return to the lesson to review specific topics.

8 Lessons in Chapter 2: Theories of Intelligence
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History of Intelligence Testing in Psychology

1. 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.

What Are the Different Types of Intelligence?

2. 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.

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 is Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences?

4. 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.

Alfred Binet: Theories & Impact on Intelligence Testing in Education

5. Alfred Binet: Theories & Impact on Intelligence Testing in Education

Many people have heard of IQ, but do you know the story behind measuring intelligence? Watch this video to find out about Alfred Binet, the man who designed the first intelligence test, and how his work has influenced education.

Charles Spearman: Theory of Intelligence & Overview

6. Charles Spearman: Theory of Intelligence & Overview

The field of psychology has always been interested in intelligence, what it is, and how it impacts an individual's ability to be successful in life. In this lesson, you will meet Charles Spearman and learn about his general factor theory of intelligence and some of his other accomplishments.

Howard Gardner: Theory & Impact on Education

7. Howard Gardner: Theory & Impact on Education

What does it mean to be intelligent? In this lesson, we'll explore the multiple intelligences theory of psychologist Howard Gardner, including the different types of intelligence that Gardner proposes and his impact on education.

Sternberg's Triarchic Theory of Intelligence

8. Sternberg's Triarchic Theory of Intelligence

This lesson will help you understand the triarchic theory and the three types of intelligence proposed by Robert Sternberg: analytical, creative, and practical.

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