Journal directory listing - Volume 56 (2011) - Journal of Research in Education Sciences【56(1)】March

Increased IQ for Taiwanese Children from 1997 to 2007: Flynn Effect Investigated
Author: Hsin-Yi Chen(Department of Special Education, National Taiwan Normal University),Yung-Kun Liao(Department of Special Education, National Dong Hwa University),Yung-Hua Chen(Chinese Behavioral Science Corporation Retired Professor),Jian-Jun Zhu(Psychometrics Clinical Assessment, Pearson, U.S.A.)

Vol.&No.:Vol. 56, No. 1


The purpose of this study was to investigate the increase in IQ for Taiwanese children over the past 10 years. WISC-III and WISC-IV scores were collected following a counter-balanced design, based on a sample of 121 children aged 6 to 16 years old. The comparison between the WISC-IV and the WISC-III showed a mean difference of 1.23 FSIQ points. However, only five subtests were shared between WISC-III and WISC-IV full IQs. To partial out possible variations due to content differences, we estimated the increase in IQ based on the 10 core subtests of the WISC-III. Increased IQs over the intervening 10.5 years were 2.5 points, yielding an estimated growth of 0.24 IQ points per year. While America and other developing countries were still reporting an increased rate of 0.30 IQ points per year, increased IQ for Taiwanese children seemed slower than what the Flynn effect would have indicated. Current findings have matched recent reports from Scandinavian nations that the increase in IQ is slowing. Finally, Taiwanese children showed, comparatively, the largest gain on visual symbol search and nonverbal fluid reasoning abilities. However, Taiwanese children aged 10 to 16 showed no improvement in social and ethical reasoning, and those aged 6-12 showed a salient decline in the breadth of basic information. Possible hypotheses were discussed.

Keywords:Flynn effect, IQ change, WISC-III, WISC-IV

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APA FormatChen, H.-Y., Liao, Y.-K., Chen, Y.-H., & Zhu, J.-J. (2011). Increased IQ for Taiwanese Children from 1997 to 2007: Flynn Effect Investigated. Journal of Research in Education Sciences, 56(1), 33-65. doi:10.3966/2073753X2011035601006