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Thomson, Godfrey Hilton, Sir, 1881-1955 (psychologist and Bell Professor of Education, University of Edinburgh)

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Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Address to the Edinburgh Ladies College for the commemoration of founders and benefactors, 6 Jun 1927

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Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/4
Scope and Contents Thomson pays tribute to the school and its benefactors, tracing its history and looking forward to its future. Also included is an itinerary of the event.
Dates: 6 Jun 1927

Education and Vocation, 6 Oct 1942

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Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/27
Scope and Contents Thomson argues that the British education system needs to make provision for vocational training, citing, in some detail, Germany's extensive system of vocational training as an example. He stresses that the vocational training undertaken through the necessities of war should be carried on through peacetime, ensuring it is integrated into the existing educational system and valued, and outlines the history and decline of apprenticeship and vocational education in Britain between...
Dates: 6 Oct 1942

Education for the Base of the Pyramid, 20 Jan 1931

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Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/19
Scope and Contents The notes are brief, largely containing bullet points for Thomson to discuss. These include a definition of the pyramid and its relation to society; notes regarding the four new classes as identified by Wells; the differential birth rate; the Danish Folkhighschools; and social equality.
Dates: 20 Jan 1931

Lecture regarding examinations, 23 Nov 1949

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Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/31
Scope and Contents In the lecture, Thomson defends the use of examinations, arguing that they are preferable to nepotism. In addition, he identifies the problems of examinations, and how these may or have been resolved, including those of reliability and continuity of standards. Thomson discusses the merits of internal versus external examination, giving examples from Scotland, England and Germany, and referencing some of his own experience both as a member of a School Certificate Examination Board...
Dates: 23 Nov 1949

The School as a Social Influence: Two Practical Examples, 1930

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Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/13
Scope and Contents The lecture explores how schools could, and should, benefit the whole community by giving pupils a happy, clean environment which serves as a model for what the home should be, and by giving them the knowledge and skills in order to work towards solving practical and social problems in their communities. He illustrates this point with detailed descriptions of the Rachel MacMillan Nursery School in Deptford, London, and the Training School for Village Teachers at Chapra, Bengal. The...
Dates: 1930