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Opening lecture for the Training, Theory and Practice of Education course, 8 Oct 1930

Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/3/3

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Thomson outlines the structure of the course and describes what is expected of the students, the value of practical experience, and the difficulties of offering practical experience alongside teaching on a training course. He also discusses the problem of practical experience impinging on written work and study, and how students can manage their time accordingly.

Thomson describes the importance of ensuring the knowledge the students have of various classes is brought together, and how important it is that they should not be studied in isolation. He emphasises the importance of understanding key tenets of sociology in relation to education, coming to the course with an open mind, and learning from each other. He also includes a quotation from James Maxwell outlining the function of the Training College in ensuring a synthesis of the students' knowledge takes place.


  • 8 Oct 1930


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1 handwritten manuscript, 21pp

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