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Volume 12, Issue 1 (1983)

Book Reviews

pp. 110—112

Arthur R. Jensen has recently published a volume entitled Straight Talk About Mental Tests in which he attempts to clear misconceptions and illustrate more legitimate and meaningful evidence concerning mental testing and the nature of intelligence. According to Jensen,the aim of the book is to provide a source to the general public in nontechnical language which does not require extensive knowledge of such fields as psychometrics to be readily understood. As Jensen states in the preface, “this book is intended to offer nonspecialists a much greater scope and depth for understanding the main issues of this topic than are provided by the popular and sensational literature of the Sunday-supplement variety” (p. ix). Essentially,Jensen has provided an easy to comprehend book on rather complex topics, which should prove beneficial to school psychologists who may wish to use the book as a general reference for other professionals not trained in tests and measurements and associated issues.

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