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Exploring educational psychologist's perceptions of the use and implications of standardised cognitive assessment and IQ

Sewell, Alexandra and Ducksbury, L. (2013) Exploring educational psychologist's perceptions of the use and implications of standardised cognitive assessment and IQ. Educational and Child Psychology, 30 (3). pp. 96-106. ISSN 0267-1611

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Abstract

In May 1913, Cyril Burt was employed by London County Council to make use of standardised cognitive testing for the assessment of ‘Feeble minded’ children under the Mental Deficiency Act of the same year. One hundred years later educational psychologists still draw on standardised cognitive assessment and IQ as a tool for their applied psychology. Based on Moore’s (2005) proposed application of social constructionism as a meta-theory, enabling research into how other theories are developed and applied in EP practice, a discursive psychology method is employed to examine this use. First, the paper identifies and analyses various discourses, from a small group of educational psychologists working in the West Midlands, England, concerning the use of standardised cognitive assessment and IQ. It then seeks to look at how the participant’s perceptions of standardised cognitive assessment and IQ are constructed through this discourse, how these perceptions guide responses to the use of standardised cognitive assessment and IQ, and what options are generated for them as educational psychologists.

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Staff and students at the University of Worcester can access the full-text of the online published article via library search. External users should check availability with their local library or Interlibrary Requests Service. This is article is included in a special issue of Educational and Child Psychology which marked the centenary of Sir Cyril Burt's appointment as the first educational psychologist in the UK, in 1913.

Uncontrolled Keywords: Cyril Burt, standardised cognitive testing, standardised cognitive assessment, SCA, IQ, educational psychology
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Depositing User: Alexandra Sewell
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2020 15:11
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2020 15:11
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/9120

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