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A short biography of Psychologist Alfred Binet and a present day practical application using the theory from which Binet developed his Intelligence test.

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His work, although contributing much in the sense that it was often the precursor of more detailed, profound research, was never detailed enough to formulate any firm theories in any one area. Binet's crownig glory was the formulation of the first intelligence test. The development of this test is explained fully in the 'The Psychological Testing Enterprise, An Introduction' pages 191 to 208. Binet's theory which argues that "the best way to predict success in school was to measure success in school"(Rogers, p.653), can equally be applied in other situations. In breaking up the whole into a series of minitasks which allow the demonstration of ability, one can properly assess and place the learner in a learning situation which will best benefit that individual. The following example deals with the sport of hockey. As it stands, children are separated into age divisions regardless of physical development, experience, etc.. In following Binet's theory, we shall take the game of hockey and divide it into minitasks such as: 1) Skating forward backward 2) Stopping spontaneously on command stopping and starting 3) Agility switching directions quickly switching directions quickly on command 4) Stick handling while still while skating while playing 5) Puck handling alone with others passing accurately receiving 6) ...read more.

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