The Human Problem in Schools (1938)
A Psychological Study Carried out on Behalf of the Girls' Public Day School Trust
Published in 1938, this book documents a psychological study carried out on behalf of the Girls’ Public Day School Trust. Comprising 25 schools, the trust set the standard for girls’ education for the first decade of the twentieth century and the pioneering study was set to serve the cause of national education.
Marion Milner documents the study and her findings across four sections with topics covered including: intelligence testing, classroom observations, interpretation of material, varying effects of the environment and interviewing techniques. Sections also discuss practical implications from the research, and the importance of the psychologist in the classroom.
This book provides a detailed study of mental development and education in adolescent girls in the 1930’s as well as considering how important it can be to have a psychologist in the classroom. An original study that will still be of interest to researchers and academics in the fields of education, psychology and gender studies today.
Table of Contents
Part I: First Statements of the Problems. 1. How the Experiment Began. 2. The Problem as seen by the Staff. 3. The Problem as Stated by the Girls. Part II: The Application of Psychological Techniques of Observation and Measurement. 1. Intelligence Testing and the Class Observations. 2. The Interview. 3. Ways of Interpreting the Case Material. 4. A Chart for the Classification of Interests. 5. Interest in Intuitive Experience. 6. Interest in Intellectual Experience. 7. Interaction Between the Levels of Experiences. 8. Anxiety in Terms of the Chart. 9. Temperament and Vocational Choice. 10. Varying Effects of the Environment. 11. Statistical Comparisons. Part III: The Function of the Psychologist within the School. 1. What the Psychologist has to Offer. 2. Some Aspects of Cause and Effect in Work Efficiency. 3. Concepts Useful as Instruments. 4. A Point of View. Part IV: Practical Implications.