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By Arthur Jensen

Among specific concerns mentioned during this ebook are the issues of the cultural deprived, the issues of devising mental exams which aren't biased in the direction of any specific tradition, the issues of minority teams of youngsters in schooling and the connection among heritability and teachability.

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But their relevance to ordinary classroom instruction is most obscure or even entirely non-existent. A further difficulty is the high probability, as indicated by what evidence we already possess, that most of the subjects x conditions interaction variance in laboratory learning is not correlated with subject variables that can be measured by means of the tests and inventories which have been developed in the field of psychological measurement. It appears that most of this learning variance is intrinsic to the learning domain (Jensen, 1967a).

FIGURE PHYLOGENIC HIERARCHIES The field of comparative psychology provides ample evidence that we can legitimately speak of the phylogeny of mental abilities. The structural and functional differences in the central nervous systems from the lowest organisms up to the highest in the phylogenetic scale are paralleled by differences in various 'mental' capabilities. The phylogenetic hierarchy in this respect is best 40 – Educational differences characterized in terms of increasing complexity of adaptive capabilities and increasing breadth of transfer of learning as we move from 'lower' to 'higher' organisms.

Demonstrated that first-graders who fail to rehearse the object names in this task recall fewer objects than first-graders who do spontaneously rehearse. However, non-rehearsers of this age can readily be induced to rehearse through brief instruction, and they dramatically improve their recall as a consequence. ' Conceptual learning is clearly of the type that White characterizes as cognitive, as contrasted with associative, and accordingly it develops in most children some time after 5 years of age.

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