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ISBN 10: 0306308673 / ISBN 13: 9780306308673
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Titel: Origins of Intelligence: Infancy and Early ...

Verlag: Springer

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Since the first edition of this volume was published in 1976, interest in the problem of intelligence in general and infant intelligence in particu­ lar has continued to grow. The response to the first edition was hearten­ ing: many readers found it a source of information for the diverse areas of study in infant intelligence. Because of the success of that volume, we have decided to issue a second edition. This edition is in many ways both similar to and different from the first. Its similarity lies in the fact that many of the themes and many of the contributors remain the same. Its difference can be found in the updating of old chapters and the addition of several new ones. Taken together, the chapters present a rounded picture of the cen­ tral issues in infant intelligence. Because the aim was to present a picture of the issues, no attempt, other than the selection of authors and themes, can be made to integrate these chapters into a single coherent whole. In large part, this reflects the diversity of study found in the area of early intellectual behavior. Rather than having a comprehensive theo­ ry of infant intelligence, the field abounds with a series of critical ques­ tions. To unite these chapters into some coherence, it will be necessary to articulate what these issues might be. Five major themes run through­ out the field of infant intelligence and thus through this volume.


A preface is an excellent opportunity for an editor to speak directly to the reader and share with him the goals, hopes, struggles, and produc­ tion of a volume such as this. It seems to me that I have an important obligation to tell you the origins of this volume. This is no idle chatter, but rather an integral part of scientific inquiry. It is important before delving into content, theory, and methodology to talk about motivation, values, and goals. Indeed, it is always necessary to explicate from the very beginning of any intellectual and scientific inquiry the implicit assumptions governing that exercise. Failure to do so is not only an ethical but a scientific failure. We learn, albeit all too slowly, that science is a moral enterprise and that values must be explicitly stated, removing from the shadows those implicit beliefs that often motivate and deter­ mine our results. No better or more relevant example can be found than in the review of the implicit assumptions of the early IQ psychometri­ cians in this country (see Kamin's book, The Science and Politics of IQ, 1975).

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