Edward Lee Thorndike

Edward Lee Thorndike (thôrn´dīk), 1874–1949, American educator and psychologist, b. Williamsburg, Mass., grad. Wesleyan Univ., 1895, and Harvard, 1896, Ph.D. Columbia, 1898. Appointed instructor in genetic psychology at Teachers College, Columbia, in 1899, he served there until 1940 (as professor from 1904 and as director of the division of psychology of the Institute of Educational Research from 1922). His great contributions to educational psychology were largely in the methods he devised to test and measure children's intelligence and their ability to learn. He conducted studies in animal psychology and the psychology of learning, and compiled dictionaries for children (1935) and for young adults (1941). The great number of his writings includes Educational Psychology (1903), Mental and Social Measurements (1904), Animal Intelligence (1911), A Teacher's Word Book (1921), Your City (1939), and Human Nature and the Social Order (1940).

See biography by G. M. Joncich (1968).

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Edward Lee Thorndike: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! Education: A First Book By Edward L. Thorndike Macmillan, 1912
Human Learning By Edward L. Thorndike; Richard M. Elliott Century, 1931
FREE! Individuality By Edward L. Thorndike; Henry Suzzallo Houghton Mifflin, 1911
Educational Psychology: A Century of Contributions By Barry J. Zimmerman; Dale H. Schunk Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "E. L. Thorndike's Enduring Contributions to Educational Psychology"
Fifty Major Thinkers on Education: From Confucius to Dewey By Joy A. Palmer; Liora Bresler; David E. Cooper Routledge, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "E. L. Thorndike 1874-1949" begins on p. 233
Pioneers of Early Childhood Education: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide By Barbara Ruth Peltzman Greenwood Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Edward Lee Thorndike (1874-1949)" begins on p. 117
From S-R to S-O-R: What Every Teacher Should Know By White, William F Education, Vol. 113, No. 4, Summer 1993
Topics in the History of Psychology By Gregory A. Kimble; Kurt Schlesinger Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, vol.1, 1985
Librarian’s tip: "Pavlov, Thorndike, and Ebbinghaus" begins on p. 13
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