Growth and Development of the Preadolescent

Growth and Development of the Preadolescent

Growth and Development of the Preadolescent

Growth and Development of the Preadolescent

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We present a modest effort to open up a field which has been neglected, namely the psychology of the preadolescent period. We make no claims to great originality. Research from widely scattered fields has been gathered and critically analyzed. We have tried to develop a description of boys and girls as they live and grow during the period of later childhood. Principles and suggestions for understanding these children have been cautiously drawn from the data as we found them. Several studies of early childhood and of adolescence were used when we believed insight was aided by these studies.

The analysis of available investigations, and the effort to develop principles, we found to be extremely interesting. The studies, drawn from many fields and carried on independently, seemed to us to present a reasonably consistent picture. A few somewhat startling facts and conclusions appeared but these were well supported. We have presented the outlines of this period as faithfully as we knew how.

The volume may serve as a basic text in courses dealing with the intermediate-grade child. Courses of this type are increasing in number and may be found in the divisions of elementary education and of educational psychology. Certain of these courses deal with the growth and development of the child, others with the learning processes of the child, and still others concerned with instruction and the curriculum. A larger array of these courses is needed, and we hope our volume may be of assistance in establishing new offerings.

The book may be used widely also as supplementary read-

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