Project Plan #2 - How is education connected to intelligence and success?

Hi everyone!  

My inquiry question for my second project plan on Butterfly Effect is "How is education connected to intelligence and success?” 

As I mentioned in my last post, I decided to investigate the connection between intelligence and education. For me, intelligence is challenging topic of study as it can be defined and measured in various ways. Even so, today there is much controversy surrounding this area of topic.  By definition, intelligence is the ability to learn and apply knowledge or skills. However, by definition, learning is when an individual modifies and reinforces existing knowledge, behaviors or skills. What I find is that learning and intelligence are undoubtedly connected. It is impossible to have one without the other. What is evident is that education/learning helps develop a child’s cognitive abilities. Therefore, it makes me question and want to figure out exactly how much an additional stretch of schooling earns someone in terms of how intelligent they would be. Would more education lead to more intelligence? Would this, thus, lead to more success? In some parts of the world, education isn’t always given. From where I live, education is offered for free. Therefore, it seen that I am curious to what effects this holds. What got me hooked on this subject was when my Français 9 class was reading this true story about a teenager named William Kamkwamba. His dream was to power his village with technology. Although Kamkwamba didn’t have much of an education, he had worked hard and successfully obtained his goal. I believe his story to be inspiring. If you wanted to read more about him, go check my last post!

Let us begin with the project plan! 

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Research Round 1: Intelligence 

-->what is it 

-->how is intelligence measured 

-->how intelligence varies across the world 

-->different types of intelligence and their definitions 

Research Round 2: Education  

-->what is it 

-->education availability: who it is available to across the world 

-->different education systems around the world 

-->education systems vs overall intelligence of the country 

-Research Round 3: Mental differences (the brain) 

-->what part of the brain is responsible for intelligence 

-->what happens in the mind when someone is demonstrating intelligence 

-->what would make one person more “intelligent” than another (general information) 

-->thoughts processes, how do they work and vary upon different people in general 

-->difference the sizes of brain upon “intelligent” vs “not intelligent” individuals. 

-Research Round 4: Physical differences (which includes success, not the status of health) 

-->does more intelligence and education result in more success in the future? … examples 

-->what is success, how is it defined along individuals 

-->do people believe that they need more education (for those who are given it for free, not cost) 

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I’m thinking that I may be pulling this project for another cycle later on this year. I believe that I would also be interested in investigating the effects of genetics from different countries in the world and the different upbringings of individuals concerning this topic. Please leave your suggestions! Thank you for reading! 


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Hi Alison,

That's a great inquiry question! I think you have a good handle on it - your plan looks well laid out and organized, and I think you should find a lot of different views on this topic. I've always what it really means to be "intelligent", and if school really does make us smarter or if we simply have a greater amount of knowledge. I'm sure that school does help us to learn skills and knowledge that can help us out later in life, but I wonder if people who have access to education are always "smarter" and more successful in life than other people who do not have access to education. One thing that might be interesting to look into is IQ. Are people who have a high IQ more successful in life? Are IQ tests really the best way to measure intelligence?

Here are some websites you can read:

Good luck!

Hi Alison!

This is such a cool idea!  I really love your idea of comparing intelligence and learning.  This is really deep thinking and to me a true inquiry question and i think it's going to be really cool.  

I love that your looking into the different education systems.  For me, when Agnus came and told me about her average school day and how she gets up at 4a.m. everyday and works till 5p.m..  Learning about how she has to take one final test from all the materials she has learned form grade 9-12 is crazy to me and crazy to us.

good luck!

Hey Alison,

I really love your topic for this cycle! I love that you're digging deeper into why education matters to us and if it's really significant. Everyone hears that our education will be super beneficial and that we need it, but we never really consider where it will really take us. After graduation from post secondary, where do you go?

I think it would be cool if you considered a little bit about why kids who are forced to go to school despise it and why kids who are prevented from going to school love it. For example, why is school detested here? Everyone always says that they hate school and that they don't want to go to school, but why? Do they sometimes feel peer pressured into saying they don't like school?

Here are a couple sites you might be able to use:


Good luck with your research, I look forward to reading what you find

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