Friday, July 26, 2013

What problems might be associated with parents requesting an IQ test be administered to their child? What advantages could there be to administering an IQ test? Explain

          An IQ test is a test devised to measure intellectual aptitude, or ability of an individual to learn in school (Berger, 2011). Several problems can arise when parents request an IQ test be administered to their children. If a child does not score well on an IQ test then that child's teacher or teachers may alter his or her teaching methods for that child, which may be noticed by other children. Once noticed by other children a child may be the subject of ridicule. Once ridicule occurs a child's self-esteem and self-worth can diminish. Once a child scores lowly one's parents may misconstrue this as meaning that his or her has problems learning, or may believe that his or her child is less intelligent than should be, or less intelligent then other children of the same age range. However, this is not exactly true because as one ages or develops his or her IQ test score can rise. A low IQ score also enables a parent to underestimate the full potential of his or her child. The advantages of administering an IQ test are numerous. However, the main goal of an IQ test should be to understand a child's intellectual aptitude. By doing so parents and teachers can determine if a child suffers from any developmental or psychological disorders, and if or if not one can design teaching styles to foster one's level of intelligence and learning style to help a child reach his or her full potential.  
Berger, K. S. (2011). The developing person through the life span (8th ed.). New York: Worth Publishers

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