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Measuring the Mind : Education and Psychology in England c.1860-c.1990 - Adrian Wooldridge

Measuring the Mind

Education and Psychology in England c.1860-c.1990

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The central claim of Measuring the Mind is that, contrary to popular opinion, the psychologists who dominated educational policy-making between the wars were educational progressives and political radicals. They argued that education should reflect the requirements of children rather than the convenience of adults, and regarded intelligence testing as an instrument of child-centered education. These psychologists owed their political inspiration to the meritocratic ideal and lost popularity with the waning of this ideal after the war. Four main themes dominate the discussion: the emergence of educational psychology as a distinct discipline; the recent history of ideas about children's mental developments; the role of experts in formulating educational policy; and the rise and fall of the measurement of merit.

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Acknowledgements
Introduction
Studying childhood
The invention of educational psychology
Cyril Burt and the psychology of individual differences
Susan Isaacs and the psychology of child development
The structure and status of a profession
Mental measurement and the meritocratic ideal
The psychometric perspective
Psychologists as policy-makers, 1924-1944
The measurement of merit anatomised
Equality and community versus merit
Egalitarianism triumphant
Cyril Burt and the politics of an academic reputation
Equality and human nature
The measurement of merit revived
Conclusion
Glossary
Selective bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521395151
ISBN-10: 0521395151
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 460
Published: 27th January 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.84