Meaning of Intellegence Essay

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The Meaning of Intelligence and Adaptive Behavior Rose Cummings Grand Canyon University: SPE – 553 May 21, 2014 The purpose of this paper is to research the meaning of intelligence and adaptive behavior and discuss the definitions with a teacher of students’ with Intellectual Disability. During the discussion the problems that are associated with assessing students with ID and the characteristics of the teacher’s students with ID that result in eligibility for special education services will also be addressed. The teacher that I will be interviewing is the special education teacher at Ivy Prep, Ms, McKee. I have been observing Ms. McKee’s classes for my practicum hours and she is part of the special education team I have been working with. The definition of Intelligence is a controversial subject. Over time there have been many attempts by a variety of individuals attempting to provide a definition and there has been no success in agreement of what intelligence means. Depending on the era and the way people thought about things and other influencing factors it has changed often and will probably continue to do so. One definition currently used is that “intelligence is the ability to learn about, learn from, understand, and interact with one’s environment” (Bainbridge, C., 2014). When discussing this with Ms. McKee, she said that she thinks that “intelligence is when someone has the ability to solve problems and work through difficult situations” (Personal communication on May 16, 2014). In further discussion we talked about how many people refer to someone being very intelligent when they are commenting on the person being smart academically. Although this is somewhat true, intelligence really the ability to figure things by pulling together reasoning, experience, and observation and not just by being good at Math or Science. We both agreed that you

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