Duration 2 weeks
Weekly study 10 hours
Why join the course?
This course will explore how intelligence has been defined and assessed by psychologists such as Sternberg, Gardner and Spearman.
You will be introduced to the role that statistical techniques have played in developing our understanding of what intelligence is and the challenges that have been directed towards intelligence research.
The Flynn Effect, the finding that average intelligence scores have steadily increased, will be considered and possible explanations provided.
Finally, the role that intelligence and ability testing can play in organisational settings will also be considered.
What topics will you cover?
• Definitions of intelligence, unintelligence, ability and giftedness
• The factor analytic approach to intelligence
• Exploring the ‘g’ factor of intelligence
• Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences
• Sternberg’s triarchic theory of intelligence
• The Flynn Effect – are people getting ‘smarter’?
• Criticisms of intelligence research
• Areas in which organisations can use intelligence and ability tests.
Who is the course for?
This course is for individuals who would like to explore what intelligence is and how it relates to ability, how it has been measured and why people may be getting ‘smarter’.
Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.