Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert W. Rieber

Terman, Lewis M.

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_375

Terman’s career spanned the development of academic psychology, beginning in the late nineteenth century and continuing under his leadership for many years. His leadership was crucial, though not without controversy, in the standardization of intelligence and achievement testing. Terman’s longitudinal study of a cohort of individuals is well known for providing intimate understanding of the life course of the intellectually gifted.

Basic Biography

Lewis Terman was born the 12th of 14 children on January 15, 1877, in rural Johnson County, Indiana, to James and Martha Cutsinger Terman. His heritage was German, French, Scotch-Irish, and Welsh. There was no family history of college education and no one in previous generations had achieved prominence. Nonetheless, his family’s farm was relatively prosperous. Though Lewis and his siblings engaged in physical labor, their home contained a large library. Terman was an avid reader from an early age.

Terman’s family life included tragedy, not...

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  1. Terman, L. M. (1916). The measurement of intelligence. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin.Google Scholar
  2. Terman, L. M. (1925). Genetic studies of genius. I. Mental and physical traits of a thousand gifted children. Stanford University: Stanford University Press.Google Scholar
  3. Terman, L. M., & Miles, C. C. (1936). Sex and personality: Studies in masculinity and femininity. New York: McGraw Hill.Google Scholar
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Biographies of Lewis M. Terman

  1. Minton, H. L. (1988). Lewis M. Terman: pioneer in psychological testing. New York: New York University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Seago, M. V. (1975). Terman and the gifted. Los Altos: William Kaufmann Inc.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Counselor EducationCollege of Education and Human Sciences, The University of MontanaMissoulaUSA