Alfred Binet - Essay

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ALFRED BINET

AN OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY.

BY

DOLORES ALLEN

Alfred Binet - Psychologist

Born July 8, 1857 in Nice, France

Died October 18, 1911, aged 54

Introduction

Alfred Binet was one of the most influential psychologists in history. He developed the first Intelligence Quotient (IQ) test, which was to become used throughout the world. Whilst he pioneered intelligence testing, he also influenced other psychologists to explore and expand on the testing, such as Theodore Simone, Lewis Madison Terman, Henry Herbert Goddard and Jean Piaget.
The I.Q. test is still used today to help maximize a persons potential to achieve. Society should be thankful to Alfred Binet
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special needs children). They wanted to devise a test to measure a variety of psychological abilities, which included imagery, attention, comprehension, imagination, judgments of visual space, and memory for various stimuli. Binet did not believe that simple sensory testing was a true and accurate way to determine a person’s intelligence. Binet never intended for his test to measure ones intelligence but to measure ones intelligence in regards to their behaviors.
Binet and Simon compiled a collection of tests which incorporated various tasks which they deemed would highlight children’s abilities at various ages. They based the tasks on their many years of observing children, imparticularly the observations Binet had made in regard to his own two daughters.

In 1905 Binet and Simon tested their measurements on another fifty children whom their school teachers considered to be of average intelligence for their ages. This test was to enable Binet to examine the levels of intelligent behaviors between children of the same age. Some of the tests on Binets scale were very simple, including asking a child to follow the direction of movement of a lighted match, and then maybe slightly harder was to repeat back a three digit sequence of numbers or sentences. There were a few harder tests involved which would require a child to make a sentence out of maybe three or four words, or to reproduce a drawing from memory.
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