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Intelligence: Taking the dynamics of development seriously

Baughman, F.D. and Anderson, M. (2021) Intelligence: Taking the dynamics of development seriously. In: Thomas, M.S.C., Mareschal, D. and Knowland, V., (eds.) Taking Development Seriously: A Festschrift for Annette Karmiloff-Smith. Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group, pp. 51-68.

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In this chapter, the authors aim to detail Annette’s influence on their attempts to shed light on key theoretical questions concerning the nature of intelligence. A great amount of research, some undoubtedly inspired by Annette’s work, has produced a great amount of data evidencing differences in the capabilities of children at various ages. However, Annette was crystal-clear on this point: taking development seriously does not mean simply that one must study children – it is not about cataloguing what children can and cannot do at different ages. Though certainly a troubled history, the study of intelligence has nevertheless revealed important empirical facts that beg the development of better theories. Next, the authors briefly outline these facts and describe why the time has come for the discipline of psychology to finally engage with the core construct of intelligence – g.

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Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
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