An Experiment in Games Involving a Knowledge of Numbers
by Louise S. Steinway - 1918
NOTE. This report is one of a series of papers offered by the department of elementary education of Teachers College upon experimental teaching. See TEACHERS COLLEGE RECORD for November, 1917. This experiment was conducted as a part of an attempt to discover through the study of the spontaneous activities of children which of these activities would lead to greatest possible growth in the pupils. The experiment was carried on with first grade pupils, although the schoolroom procedure was rather different from that of the conventional school. There were no individual desks but instead there were four long tables forming a square in the center of the room and many little chairs which were common property. This arrangement afforded sufficient space for many activities. The program was very elastic and allowed much freedom on the part of the children in choosing their own activities. The room was rich in equipment and suggested many possible lines of action to the children; further, the room teacher, Miss C, was looked upon as a very good friend who was always willing to give needed help. When the experiment began the children had been in this room and under Miss C four months. Miss A had been assisting her for an hour each day for two months and had been playing games with the children for two weeks, including dominoes and a bowling game.
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