Adolescence

Adolescence

Adolescence

Adolescence

Excerpt

This yearbook was first suggested by Dr. Harold E. Jones in August, 1939. Referring to the numerous studies of adolescent development recently completed or then in progress at such institutions as Harvard, Yale, Western Reserve, the Catholic University of America, the University of Chicago, and the University of California, and the related investigations growing out of the work of such agencies as the American Youth Commission and committees of the Progressive Education Association, Dr. Jones expressed the view that the time was rapidly approaching when a critical summary of the results of these projects could profitably be undertaken. He therefore proposed a yearbook on the subject of adolescence for publication in 1944.

The plan for this yearbook was considered by the Board of Directors at several meetings during the ensuing two years. The various suggestions offered in the course of these discussions were submitted to Dr. Jones in several conferences in which Deans Freeman and Kefauver represented the Board. At the San Francisco meeting in February, 1942, Dr. Jones presented the revised outline for the yearbook which was approved. The committee responsible for the preparation of the yearbook was then appointed and an appropriation for committee expenses was set up.

The yearbook not only provides a valuable summary of the resuits of studies of individual development based on the techniques of investigation in the fields of physiology, physical measurement, psychology and sociology, but also explains the interrelationships involved in the findings of such segmental studies and interprets the role of specific aspects of growth in the educational and social adjustments with which the individual is confronted in the crucial period between childhood and maturity. The timeliness and serviceability of the volume are aptly denoted by Dr. Stoddard, who, at the request of the committee, wrote the evaluation of the yearbook which appears as the concluding chapter, and therein expresses "the opinion that, for a long time, we shall not need another yearbook based on the same type of material. It will be better to wait," he explains, "until new methods of analysis (physiological, mental, emotional, and social) have been perfected."

Nelson B. HENRY

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