Race, gender and intelligence : a comparative study of Black, White and Indian students' lay theories of intelligence.

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dc.contributor.advisor Mkhize, Nhlanhla J.
dc.creator Wambugu, Jacob Ngunyi.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-23T12:41:22Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-23T12:41:22Z
dc.date.created 2006
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10413/1896
dc.description Thesis (M.Soc.Sc.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 2006. en_US
dc.description.abstract This study investigated Black, White, and Indian South African university students' lay theories of intelligence. 260 students participated in this study, with an age range of 18 - 39 years. The study, which is based on the theory of multiple intelligences, explored everyday perceptions of intelligence across race groups in a South African setting. The independent variables of interest were race/culture and gender, while overall and multiple intelligences served as dependent variables. Participants were asked to rate their own overall (general) as well as multiple intelligences. They were then asked to rate the overall as well as multiple intelligences of in-group (same race) and out-group (different race) members of both genders. There was a statistically significant race effect, with White and Indian students giving Black students lower ratings and Black students in turn giving White and Indian students lower ratings. This may be a result of historically racialized discourses that still influence everyday perceptions of the 'Other'. There was a statistically significant gender effect with females giving higher estimates to not only themselves, but also to mates as well for all the multiple intelligences. It can be postulated that this may be a consequence of a population that has been sensitized to gender stereotyping, in addition to educational institutions promoting female friendly policies. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Intellect. en_US
dc.subject Intelligence levels--South Africa. en_US
dc.subject Intelligence levels--Social aspects. en_US
dc.subject Students--South Africa--Attitudes. en_US
dc.subject Race. en_US
dc.subject Racism--South Africa. en_US
dc.subject Sex differences. en_US
dc.subject Theses--Psychology. en_US
dc.title Race, gender and intelligence : a comparative study of Black, White and Indian students' lay theories of intelligence. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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