[LISTEN] Is it time to scrap SA's 'racist' IQ test?

There are calls from some educational psychologists in South Africa to do away with the widely-used Senior South African Individual Scales-Revised IQ test.

They claim it's biased in favour of white and English- and Afrikaans-speaking children.

Educational psychologist Vanessa Gaydon explains why the currents test is problematic.

They're very eurocentric, they're not applicable to the majority of the South African population, and very importantly, they have not been standardised on the majority of the South African population.

Vanessa Gaydon, Chairperson - Educational Psychology Association of South Africa

Currently, the tests are available only in English and Afrikaans.

These tests are language specific, they are culture-specific, they're dependent on your educational background.

Vanessa Gaydon, Chairperson - Educational Psychology Association of South Africa

Gaydon says none of those factors have been taken into consideration in the development of the 'norms'.

The tests use age norms, meaning a child's performance is compared against their age group.

So should IQ tests be scrapped altogether?

The arguments against it are that the original IQ tests used to include a number of different constructs and you can't measure cognitive functioning in one score.

Vanessa Gaydon, Chairperson - Educational Psychology Association of South Africa

But Gaydon says there are still some arguments in favour of IQ testing.

IQ testing still gives you an indication of a person's overall cognitive functioning, which does give you a sense of what level of functioning you can expect them to perform at.

Vanessa Gaydon, Chairperson - Educational Psychology Association of South Africa

Listen to the full interview below:


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