Studying the Child in School Author:Ira J. Gordon Based upon the philosophy that the teacher must be a diagnostician not only of pupil behavior but also of his or her own behavior as well, this book is designed to give teachers a theoretical overview concerning assessment in the modern school, and practice in using a variety of techniques for assessment. Most of the techniques presented here ar... more »e fresh from the educational and psychological laboratories and are not found as yet in the contemporary literature. The material is organized in such a way that the reader is given an introduction into each technique, some information about how and why it was developed, a presentation of the technique, followed by some opportunities to use it either in exercise form or in suggestions for field work.
The book was written with the prospective teacher and teacher in mind, rather than the sophisticated child development expert or educational or developmental psychologist. Included in the coverage is a chapter on understanding children's groups, in which the combination of usual sociometric techniques with social reputation approaches presents the teacher with a powerful tool for assessing not only group organization but also group values. A unique feature of the book is the chapter on psychological ecology of the classroom, which presents current research related to the series of teacher behavior studies supported under various cooperative research projects by the U.S. Office of Education. Many of the concepts and techniques derived from the research of B. O. Smith, Arno Bellack, and Marie Hughes are interwoven with the study of child behavior developed by Pauline Sears and Hugh Perkins, thus creating new combinations that will increase the teacher's competence.« less