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Colleague of Binet
Ideas and Interests
Theodore Simon, colleague of Alfred Binet in Paris, helped develop and
coauthor a test to roughly estimate intelligence. The principal conclusion
from their work was that the test could measure the intellectual development
of young children between the age of three and twelve years old. Simon
also believed that their method was practical, convenient, and rapid.
It was also Dr. Simon who put Jean Piaget in charge of administering
Binet's reading tests on Parisian children. An endeavor which allowed
Piaget to develop an enthusiasm into probing the successes and failures
of children, leading him into the field of child psychology.
- Binet, A., Simon, T., The Development of Intelligence in Children,
Reprint 1983. Ayer Company, Salem, New Hampshire.
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