Home > Archive > Volume 55, No. 4 > This paper

Non-Verbal Ability of Zulu Children across 56 years

Salaheldin Farah Attallah Bakhiet, Richard Lynn and Gerhard Meisenberg


Published: 2015/06/01


Several studies have investigated the nonverbal intelligence of Zulu speaking children in KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) since the mid-20 th century. We review four studies of schoolchildren that have been performed between 1948 and 2004 and that allow us to estimate secular trends in test performance. The results show that generational gains (Flynn effects) in this population were not larger and most likely were smaller than in European populations during this period. However, rising school enrolment is likely to have contributed to the apparent lack of progress in schoolchildren.

   Download PDF