Child Psychology in the Normal School

Averill, Lawrence Augustus
April 1917
Education;Apr1917, Vol. 37 Issue 8, p473
Academic Journal
The article focuses on issues concerning the study of child psychology in the normal school. Normal school work in psychology differs vitally from college courses in general and experimental psychology. Higher courses in psychology are not designed for teachers of young children in the grades. Moreover, the college has sufficient funds to maintain well-equipped laboratories and expensive instruments whereby students may actually study psychology as an experimental science, while the normal school has neither the money nor the space for equipping such departments. According to the author, the normal school course should afford every future teacher opportunity to observe and study children. It is not sufficient for the instructor to describe to them the child's mental process, for example in the development of his ideas of right and wrong. It is not enough that the future teacher be acquainted with the main facts of child development and child welfare. She must be also familiar with the various processes and methods of training the child mind. Moreover, she must have some knowledge of the critical periods in the child's growth.


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