The Importance of Average drives home the reality that average intellectual ability is not synonymous with mediocrity. Under the right conditions, average ability can potentially lead to professional excellence and exceptionalism. Archaic psychological and social constructs are examined as they are shown to limit student achievement. Ability, effort, and luck are discussed as possible motivational predictors that contribute to average student success. Education policy must change in order to serve as a corrective against indifference toward average students.
Stephen J. Farenga is professor of human development and learning at Dowling College. Daniel Ness is associate professor of human development and learning at Dowling College. Dale D. Johnson is professor of literacy education at Dowling College. Bonnie Johnson is professor of human development and learning at Dowling College.
Chapter 1: Average Anyone? Chapter 2: The Invisible Majority: Making Average Exceptional Chapter 3: Intelligence: The Beguiling Phenomenon Chapter 4: Success for the Average: Effort, Ability, or Luck? Chapter 5: The Right Start in Reading and Writing: The Development of Language Literacy Chapter 6: The Right Start in Mathematics: The Development of Mathematical Thinking Chapter 7: The Right Start in Science: The Development of Scientific Thinking Chapter 8: The Right Start in Social Studies: Building a Foundation for an Informed Citizenry Chapter 9: The Myth of Average Intelligence