Introduction: Purpose and Scope of the Yearbook (The Measurement of Understanding)
by William A. Brownell — 1946
Originally this yearbook, The Measurement of Understanding, was entitled "The Measurement of Meaning." Being unsatisfactory for a number of reasons, this first name was abandoned successively in favor of "The Measurement of Meaningful Learning," "The Measurement of Learning," and "Measuring the Higher Mental Processes in Education"—all before the present title was adopted. The Measurement of Understanding may or may not define the purpose and scope of the yearbook better than one of the previous titles; but this rehearsal of the committee's attempts to name its product should serve two ends. In the first place, it should illustrate the difficulty of arriving at precise and unambiguous terms in the area under consideration. In the second place, it should reveal, even if somewhat negatively, the nature of the task which the yearbook committee set for itself.
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