Psychology and Education

Psychology and Education

Psychology and Education

Psychology and Education

Synopsis

Routledge is now re-issuing this prestigious series of 204 volumes originally published between 1910 and 1965. The titles include works by key figures such as C. G. Jung, Sigmund Freud, Jean Piaget, Otto Rank, James Hillman, Erich Fromm, Karen Horney and Susan Isaacs. Each volume is available on its own, as part of a themed mini-set, or as part of a specially-priced 204-volume set.

Excerpt

In dedicating this book to Professor Kurt Koffka of the University of Giessen, I am expressing not only the homage of a friend and admirer but also my indebtedness for much that has gone into its making. In the teaching of educational psychology, which has been my chief concern during the past nine years, I have found myself out of sympathy with the “mechanism” which has supplied the laws and principles of many current pedagogical doctrines. But I have been equally averse to “purpose” as the keynote of mental and bodily behavior. The search for a truly functional concept which I could adopt as the basic principle of behavior was not rewarded until I read Koffka's Grundlagen der Psychischen Entwicklung (1921). My translation of this book, entitled The Growth of the Mind (1924), afforded me an opportunity to become intimately acquainted with the point of view of Gestalt psychology, and its application to child study. So readily did I find my way under this new guidance, that the materials of my introductory course at Cornell University seemed to shape themselves without effort into a systematic form, and problems in educational psychology, such as that of explaining how we learn a new act, seemed to clarify themselves at once. After re-reading some of my earlier publications, I am tempted to believe that this process of orientation was, indeed, a natural one on my part, and that the notion of Gestalt was implicit in . . .

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