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Syllabi of Courses in Elementary and Applied Psychology: Aims of Courses


by Edward L. Thorndike - 1901

The purpose of this number of the RECORD is to give an account of the required courses in pure and applied psychology at the Teachers College. It comprises syllabi of two courses, the Elements of Psychology and the Applications of Psychology in Teaching.

(The courses described are subject to revision)


The purpose of this number of the RECORD is to give an account of the required courses in pure and applied psychology at the Teachers College. It comprises syllabi of two courses, the Elements of Psychology and the Applications of Psychology in Teaching. An outline of the course in Child Study (Education 9) was given in the RECORD for May, 1901 (Vol. II, No. 3), The two former are required of candidates for all diplomas, and together occupy three periods a week for a year. The course in Child Study is required of all candidates for the Elementary and Kindergarten Diplomas, and occupies two periods a week throughout the year. Normally, all three courses when taken by the same student are taken the same year.


These courses form the basis of the psychological side of the student's professional work, and are aimed to fit students for intelligent and efficient work as teachers. It is the policy of the department to give a thorough and scholarly introduction to the study of methods of teaching rather than a multitude of precepts and devices, or any cut-and-dried system of applied psychology. The superior training and mental calibre of college students should make them independent thinkers concerning methods of teaching throughout their professional careers, and a good preparation for such thought will be better than any outfit of knowledge possibly presented in a single course. Moreover, these courses are followed by courses in general and special methods.




Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 2 Number 4, 1901, p. 275-276
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9724, Date Accessed: 10/24/2021 7:03:52 PM

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