Biographical Dictionary of American Educators - Vol. 3

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chusetts ( 1915-17), and Worcester (Massachusetts) Academy ( 1917-18). He was an assistant and instructor at Teachers College of Columbia University ( 1921-22) and professor of education and psychology at the University of Hawaii ( 1922-24). He returned to Teachers College in 1924 and continued there to his retirement in 1958. He was chairman of the division of theory and techniques of measurement ( 1933-37) and head of the department of research methods ( 1937-42). He was a leader in educational measurement and research.

Symonds was the author of many books, including Measurement in Education ( 1927), Ability Standards for Standardized Achievement Tests in High School ( 1927), The Nature of Conduct ( 1928), Tests and Interest Questionnaires in the Guidance of High School Boys ( 1930), Diagnosing Personality and Conduct ( 1931), Mental Hygiene of the School Child ( 1934), Psychological Diagnosis in Social Adjustment ( 1934), Measurement of Personality Adjustment of High School Pupils (with C. E. Jack son , 1935), Education and Psychology of Thinking ( 1936), Psychology of Parent and Child Relations ( 1939), Dynamics of Human Adjustment ( 1946), Dynamic Psychology ( 1949), Adolescent Fantasy ( 1949), Dynamics of Parent-Child Relations ( 1949); Ego and the Self ( 1951); Dynamics of a Psychotherapy (volume 1, 1956, volume 2, 1957, and volume 3, 1958), What Education Has to Learn from Psychology ( 1958), and From Adolescent to Adult, published posthumously in 1961. He was on the editorial board of Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Educational Research, Psychological Monographs, Sociatry, Personality, and Nervous Child.

Symonds was a diplomate and fellow of the American Psychological Association ( president of educational psychology division, 1947-48) and a fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science ( secretary of section Q, 1937-39), the Society for Projective Techniques, and the Rorschach Institute. He was president of the American Educational Research Association ( 1956-57).

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