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The Psychology of Teaching, c1930

Identifier: Coll-1310/3/2

Scope and Contents

The book concerns the practical application of psychology to teaching. Some pages are in disorder and many are duplicated, and there are some chapters missing from the book. The remaining chapters and notes for chapters are as follows:

  1. The central problem, which regards gaining and maintaining the child's interest;
  2. Practice with satisfaction, which outlines how the teacher can ensure the child gains satisfaction from his learning;
  3. The January of life, which explores the importance and purpose of play;
  4. Clusius the closer, which discusses how behaviour is often conditioned in the child before any formal education;
  5. Toddlerdom, which consists of brief notes alluding to the development of children's speech;
  6. Teaching versus learning, which discusses the importance of both trial and instruction;
  7. Uniformity and variety, which outlines how a change in activity can benefit concentration;
  8. The creative spirit, which regards creativity and how to encourage and use it;
  9. On asking and answering questions, which explores how to ask pupils questions effectively;
  10. The proper use of memory in education, which discusses the balance between forcing the child to memorise and encouraging them to think;
  11. Teaching without doing, which outlines the idea that teachers of subjects need to practice the subjects they teach in order to be good teachers;
  12. The concomitants of learning, which discusses the balance and differences between vocational and cultural learning;
  13. The psychology of the project method, which regards the benefits and problems of the project method in comparison to traditional classroom teaching;
  14. Motivation, which outlines how to gain and maintain the pupil's motivation;
  15. Prestige and familiarity, which alludes to gaining a good balance between the two;
  16. Childish Misdemeanours, which regards making children understand differently;
  17. Research in education, which is an annotated version of Thomson's lecture of the same name, Coll-1310/3/1/2/8.


  • Creation: c1930


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access


Biographical / Historical

Labelled Apparently some chapters, amounting to about 160 printed pages, of a general book on education projected by my Father around 1930. KEEP, Essays on Teaching, HT 1963, by Hector.


1 volume, largely typescript, some handwritten, c 160 pages

Physical Location


Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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