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The Psychological Impact of School Experience

reviewed by David Allen 1970

coverTitle: The Psychological Impact of School Experience
Author(s): Patricia Minuchin, Barbara Biber, Edna Shapiro
Publisher: Basic Books, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 521, Year: 1969
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The more or less simultaneous occurrence of three historical events served as an impetus for this research: the realization of the importance of the school as a primary force in the development of one's personality characteristics; the "mental health movement" whose focus in the 1950's began to shift from a decidedly disease-oriented viewpoint to determination of the goals and objectives for "normal" personality adjustment; and an increased awareness that poor mental health might be better and/or more effectively prevented than treated. The convergence of these ideas was ultimately to bring about a new attitude regarding the formalized educational process; and the target areas most naturally suited to effective revision were those of the family and the school. The purpose of this project was, broadly stated, to determine in this context how two distinct kinds of education ("traditional" versus "modern") differentially influence the leadership and development of children in four inner-city New York schools. While the choice of this sole major independent variable might be questioned as to its... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 2, 1970, p. 315-316
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1710, Date Accessed: 9/26/2018 5:09:47 AM

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