Race-ethnicity and measured intelligence educational implications

Lisa A. Suzuki, Richard R. Valencia, John Kugler, Eric Kohatsu, Bernard Katz, LaRue Allen, Sandra Uyehara

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In this article, issues pertaining to racial-ethnic differences in intelligence are addressed with regard to groupdiscrepancy misconceptions, profiles of abilities, historical context, factors associated with racial-ethnic differences, educational implications, and alternative methods of assessment. It appears that although numerous studies have been conducted to address this area, the focus on group differences has provided inconclusive data given that within-group differences exceed between-group differences. Variables associated with intelligence include measures of genetic influences, socioeconomic status, home intellectual climate, and educational attainment. Educational implications of racial-ethnic differences are noted, including concerns regarding cultural bias and percentages of minority group members in specialservices categories. The development of new alternative methods of assessment and theory-driven measures is supported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1103-1114
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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