Retardates Read: But Is It Surprising?

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 191–192. Reviews the book, In Search of the IQ Correlation: A Scientific Whodunit by Renée Fuller (1977). This book reports a study in which a small number of severely retarded people learned to read using a method that, according to the author, makes demands upon inferential and other intellectual abilities generally thought to be absent in these people. On the basis of this surprise finding, the author calls into question both the validity of IQ tests and the theory of human intellectual functioning on which she claims these tests rest. As a scientific report, however, the book leaves a good deal to be desired. First, the data base is extremely small. and, although several replication studies are claimed, only the initial study with 26 students is reported, and there was a substantial dropout rate among this group. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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