Heiner Rindermann

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Heiner Rindermann (born 1966) is a German psychologist and educational researcher.

Academic career[edit]

Rindermann received a Ph.D. in psychology in 1995 on the subject of teacher evaluations from Heidelberg University and completed a Habilitation in 2005 on the topic of teacher quality at University of Koblenz and Landau. In September 2007 he was appointed professor for evaluation and methodology of developmental psychology at the University of Graz. Since April 2010, Rindermann holds the Chair of Educational and Developmental Psychology at the Technical University of Chemnitz.[1][2]


Rindermann does research in educational psychology, developmental psychology, differential psychology, pedagogy, and clinical psychology.[3][4][5][6]

Course evaluations[edit]

Rindermann's doctoral research was focused on course evaluations. In 1994, in collaboration with Manfred Amelang, Rindermann developed the questionnaire HILVE (Heidelberg Inventory for Course Evaluation) that could be used by students, teachers, and outside observers to assess the quality of teaching, the teaching behavior of teachers, and trends in student attendance through the duration of the course. Due to its multidimensionality, the assessment would provide a realistic picture of lectures and seminars.

Intelligence and education[edit]

A 2007 study by Rindermann found a high correlation between the results of international student assessment studies including TIMSS, PIRLS, and PISA, and national average IQ scores.[7] The results were broadly similar to those in Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen's book IQ and the Wealth of Nations. According to Earl B. Hunt, due to there being far more data available, Rindermann's analysis was more reliable than those by Lynn and Vanhanen. By measuring the relationship between educational data and social well-being over time, this study also performed a causal analysis, finding that nations investing in education leads to increased well-being later on.[8]

Some of Rindermann's work has concentrated on the "smart fraction" theory, which states that the prosperity and performance of a society depends on the proportion of the population that is above a particular threshold of intelligence, with the threshold point being well above the general median intelligence level in most societies.[9][10][11][12]

Rindermann's research has been cited by people studying the relation between intelligence, education, and economic growth, such as Garett Jones.[13]


  1. ^ "Heiner Rindermann, Autorenprofil". zpid.de (in German). Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ Rindermann, Heiner. "Curriculum Vitae - Prof. Dr. Heiner Rindermann" (in German). Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ Rindermann, Heiner. "Prof. Dr. Heiner Rindermann - Forschungsschwerpunkte" (in German). Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Rindermann, Heiner; Rost, Detlef (September 7, 2010). "Intelligenz von Menschen und Ethnien: Was ist dran an Sarrazins Thesen?". faz.net (in German). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ Rindermann, Heiner (September 12, 2010). "Das Wesen der Intelligenz". nzz.ch (in German). Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Entwicklungspsychologie: Kita-Kinder lernen besser. FR vom 14.8.08" (PDF) (in German). Retrieved 2011-03-07. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Rindermann, Heiner (August 8, 2007). "The g-factor of international cognitive ability comparisons: the homogeneity of results in PISA, TIMSS, PIRLS and IQ-tests across nations". European Journal of Personality. 21 (5): 667–706. doi:10.1002/per.634. 
  8. ^ Hunt, Earl. Human Intelligence. Cambridge University Press, 2011. Page 440-443.
  9. ^ Rindermann, Heiner; Sailer, Michael; Thompson, James (2009). "The impact of smart fractions, cognitive ability of politicians and average competences of peoples on social development" (PDF). Talent Development & Excellence. 1 (1): 3–25. ISSN 1869-0459. 
  10. ^ Sailer, Steve (November 18, 2010). "Rindermann's "Smart Fraction" paper". Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ Thompson, James (May 28, 2014). "Is the smart fraction as valuable as previously thought?". Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Are the Wealthiest Countries the Smartest Countries?". Association for Psychological Science. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  13. ^ Jones, Garett. "Will the intelligent inherit the earth? IQ and time preference in the global economy" (PDF). Retrieved June 3, 2014.