Originally published in 1950, the author after many years’ teaching of psychology, and previous school teaching experience, provided a book specially suitable for students in training colleges and university education departments, for teachers, youth leaders, and all concerned with the training of children and adolescents at the time. He aimed especially at clarity, the provision of concrete illustrations, and the stressing of material of general agreement among psychologists.
The topics include: The Development and Training of Personality and Character; The Basic Motives; Suggestion; Unconscious Influences; Sex Education; Learning and Remembering; Repression and Discipline; Play and Activity Methods; The Interests of Children; The Acquisition of Skill; Training in Reasoning; General Intelligence and Special Abilities, and their Testing; Estimating Personality and Character; Educational and Vocational Guidance; School Records; Stages of Development in Infancy, Middle Childhood and Adolescence; Backward, Problem and Delinquent Children.
The Appreciation of Beauty and Aesthetic Education: (1) Nature and Visual Art (2) Music (3) Poetry. Considerable space was given to these three in view of their usual neglect in textbooks of psychology at the time.
A brief appendix gives simple explanations of the most essential statistical methods applied to psychology and education.
The need of one book to cover the whole course in Psychology and its bearing on Education had long been felt, and it was hoped that this volume would fulfil this purpose.
1. Introduction 2. Supposed Mental Faculties and their Training 3. The Modern Psychological View of Mental Abilities 4. Desire and Striving, Pleasure, Emotions and Sentiments 5. Are There Human Instincts? The Innate Bases of Conduct and ‘Drives’ 6. Sympathy, the Parental Impulse, Fear and Disgust 7. Anger, Pugnacity and Aggressiveness; Self-Assertion and Self-Submission 8. Suggestion, Imitation and Gregariousness 9. Sex and Sex Education 10. The Unconscious, Repression, Sublimation, and Some Freudian Ideas on Sex 11. The Inferiority Complex and Some Other Complexes and Neuroses 12. Temperament and the Co-ordination of Innate Tendencies 13. Sentiments, Volition, Character, and Moral Habits 14. Play, and "The Play-Way" in Education 15. Acquisitive, Collecting, Manipulative, and Constructive or Creative Tendencies 16. Curiosity, Special Interests and the Popularity of School Subjects 17. Mental Work, Interest and Attention 18. The Span and Division of Attention or Apprehension 19. Learning and Remembering 20. Learning Movements and the Acquisition of Skill 21. Thinking, and Training in Reasoning 22. Imagination and Fluency 23. General Intelligence and Intelligence Tests 24. Special Abilities and their Testing 25. Estimating Temperament, Personality or Character 26. Educational Guidance, School Records, and Attainment Tests 27. Vocational Guidance 28. The Appreciation of Beauty and Aesthetic Education (Nature and Visual Art) 29. The Appreciation of Beauty and Aesthetic Education (Music) 30. The Appreciation of Beauty and Aesthetic Education (Poetry) 31. Development in Infancy 32. Middle Childhood and its Interests 33. Adolescence (General, Social and Emotional) 34. Adolescence (Intellectual and Out of School Interests) 35. Backward Children, Problem Children, and Young Delinquents 36. Mind and Body. Appendix: Correlation and Other Common Statistical Terms. Index to Names. Index of Subjects.
Charles W. Valentine (1879-1964) is an important figure in the history of educational psychology. Leaving school at 17 to become a teacher, he continued to study himself at the same time, gaining degrees from London, Cambridge and St. Andrews. He was professor of education at the University of Birmingham in 1919 until his retirement in 1946, then president of the British Psychological Society for 1947-1948. His research covered many areas including child development, imagery, mental testing, home and classroom discipline. Out of print for many years the Collected Works of C.W. Valentine is an opportunity to revisit many of his finest works.