Thomson, Godfrey Hilton, Sir, 1881-1955 (psychologist and Bell Professor of Education, University of Edinburgh)
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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
Scope and Contents This lecture is essentially the same in content as lecture titled Some National Problems of Today: Education, with a shortened introduction.
Dates: 10 Jan 1931
Scope and Contents The address discusses the apparent schism between scholarship, culture, and vocation, with Thomson making the case that a good education needs to contain aspects of all three in order to produce a whole individual. He illustrates his points with examples of education from around the world. In relation to this, Thomson discusses the project method, which involves students working together using individual skills, the folkhighschool...
Dates: 31 Jan 1930
Scope and Contents Thomson outlines some current problems in education, the most pressing of these arising from the raising of the school leaving age to 15. He briefly alludes to how the practical problems of the supply of specialist teachers and of buildings could meet the increased demand, before outlining his opinion on what secondary education should entail. He highlights the need for both vocational and cultural education in schools to ensure pupils of all abilities are prepared for the working world,...
Dates: 18 Jan 1930
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
Scope and Contents Thomson stresses the need for more investment and energy to be put into vocational education, looking to America as an example. He emphasises the imbalance of educational investment between the average student versus the above average or the mentally impaired student, arguing that all 3 should receive the same investment, though the methods and curriculum may be different. He proposes the creation of secondary schools equipped for vocational training and apprenticeship, staffed by...