Historical Encyclopedia of School Psychology

Historical Encyclopedia of School Psychology

Historical Encyclopedia of School Psychology

Historical Encyclopedia of School Psychology

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Our affinity for a historical perspective became known to each of us almost thirty years ago. We were required to take Professor Harris Dante’s History of Education class while in graduate education at Kent State University. For our required papers, we decided to do historical research on the emergence and early application of psychology in education, using original publications in psychology and education. Paul completed the course and traced the emergence of psychology until 1900. Tom completed the course the following term and covered the period 1900–1920. Tom has remained an avid historical buff and has written a great deal about the historical aspects of school psychology and of former leaders in, or related to, our profession.

Over the last three decades, we have worked together for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), shared other professional interests, and remained friends. Our families have visited often, and we watched the children grow up. We have often reminisced about our early years in Ohio, then the first decade of NASP. Whenever we would wander back to those times, our enthusiasm would show. Those were the good old days.

When thinking about a preface, we naturally wanted to proclaim our early years as the golden age of school psychology, to declare that that was a time when the field was growing rapidly, and there were a sense of urgency and excitement and an urgency of commitment that others have not experienced. We personally knew the many who were committed throughout the birth of NASP and its early struggles, the awakening of the giant in Washington, the Congress, and finally full educational rights for all children. It was a heady experience. However, upon reflection, we realized that earlier eras in school psychology must have been exciting for Witmer, for Gesell, for Woolley, and for Hollingworth and for many who followed in their footsteps. All of those identified with our field, or any field for that matter, had their good old days. This does not come out in the Historical Encyclopedia, but each who has pre-

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