Thomson, Godfrey Hilton, Sir, 1881-1955 (psychologist and Bell Professor of Education, University of Edinburgh)
Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:
Handwritten notes for lecture to the Newcastle school of cooking, and lecture to Stockton Grammar School, 21 Nov 1931
Scope and Contents The notes are brief in content, in some cases with just one word to remind Thomson to speak about a particular topic, and are written in a mixture of English, German, and French. The notes for Thomson's address to the Newcastle School of Cookery are titled Stoic & Epicurean, and contain references to science and art, stressing the importance of both. The lecture notes for Stockton Grammar school are untitled, referring to the German education...
Dates: 21 Nov 1931
Scope and Contents The lecture was delivered to a wide audience, and is designed to be understood by non-statisticians, and non-educators. In it, Thomson explores the uses and limitations of statistics in both education and psychology, illustrating his points with examples of how an educator might effectively predict a child's performance and offer vocational guidance appropriate to their ability and intelligence. Thomson discusses the importance of obtaining a representative sample and the effect...
Dates: 1 Mar 1929
Scope and Contents In the lecture, Thomson outlines his utilitarian educational creed, which involves the greatest happiness of the greatest number. He makes a moral and ethical case for this, and contrasts and balances it with the concept of truth, as well as the needs of the individual, particularly the cultivation and encouragement of genius and talent. Thomson relates this creed back to educational systems and problems, summarising the sometimes conflicting demands each...
Dates: 7 Mar 1942
Scope and Contents The lecture is almost identical in content to The Need for Vocational Education, with the exception that Thomson expands more upon the role of play in education.
Dates: 7 Mar 1942