Transforming IQ into “Orthopédie Mentale“

An Introduction to A. Binet and V. Vaney on Mental Orthopedics

  • Hayo Siemsen
  • John Testelin
  • Lisa Martin-Hansen
  • Karl Hayo Siemsen
  • Bernard Andrieu
  • Jean-Marie Fèvre

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Hayo Siemsen, John Testelin, Lisa Martin-Hansen, Karl Hayo Siemsen, Bernard Andrieu, Jean-Marie Fèvre
    Pages 1-18
  3. Hayo Siemsen, John Testelin, Lisa Martin-Hansen, Karl Hayo Siemsen, Bernard Andrieu, Jean-Marie Fèvre
    Pages 19-63
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 65-65

About this book


This volume discusses Alfred Binet’s works on pedagogy based on his “Orthopédie Mentale”. Binet had empirically found that his idea of a test of general intelligence could be replaced by a test on “problem areas”. These problem areas were then to be specifically addressed and improved within a relatively short time. As a result, students dramatically improved in their IQ test results. Binet died before he could publish the results. Fortunately, the rector of the school, Victor Vaney, published the results of Binet’s experiments in his school. This volume provides the first English translation of Vaney's publication as well as an introduction to Binet's mostly forgotten late work.


IQ tests intelligence tests mental orthopedics Alfred Binet Victor Vaney intellectual abilities Modern Ideas about Children developmental stages special education student abilities

Authors and affiliations

  • Hayo Siemsen
    • 1
  • John Testelin
    • 2
  • Lisa Martin-Hansen
    • 3
  • Karl Hayo Siemsen
    • 4
  • Bernard Andrieu
    • 5
  • Jean-Marie Fèvre
    • 6
  1. 1.Heidelberg University of EducationHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Encorps Teacher Organization FellowLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.California State UniversityLong BeachUSA
  4. 4.University of Applied SciencesEmden/LeerGermany
  5. 5.Sports facultyUniversite Paris DescartesParisFrance
  6. 6.Management SciencesUniversity of LorraineSarreguemines BranchFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-51993-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-51994-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-193X
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