Original blurb (1967): We are coming nowadays to think of education increasingly in terms of a prolonged transaction between the generations. The psychology of this transaction is largely concerned with learning as it is mediated by the relations between teachers and pupils. Thus the social psychology of the classroom and the school is a growing study which brings into focus the relations of adults and young persons in groups. There are a variety of approaches to the study of behaviour and experience in groups and to attempt to survey these would be a formidable task. Miss Richardson, herself a pioneer in this field, has attempted a more modest and practicable and in many ways a more useful task. She has set out to describe and illustrate a particular approach to the study of experience in groups. Based on her own work with groups of students in training as teachers, her book is a valuable introduction to one of the main streams of development in this field. The wealth of the illustrative material she provides should give students and experienced teachers deeper insight into many familiar situations in education.
Acknowledgements. Preface. 1. Introduction: Personal Interaction and the Role of the Teacher 2. The Professional Framework: Personal Relations and Formal Assessment 3. The Research Component: Relationships in an Experimental Situation 4. The Physical Setting for Meetings: Furniture, Functions and Roles 5. The Time Dimension: Lateness, Absence and Withdrawal 6. Endings and Beginnings: The Group and its Relevance. Selected Bibliography.
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