Date of Award
Bachelor of Science in Education
Arts and Science
Few parts of the public school system have experienced more intense change in direction, purpose and methods of work during the past quarter of a century than have the primary grades. The child-study movement of the nineties, the further study of individual differences which characterized the first decade of the present century, and the rise of a better curriculum which marked the second decade, have all combined to change, materially, our conception of the child and the method of teaching him. The problem now that confronts the teacher is the ability and aptitudes the child brings to school and how these may be dealt with, by those in authority.
The purpose in teaching the child has also changed with time. Instead of preparing him for adult life, the teacher now tries to equip him for citizenship in a vastly more complex and, at the same time, a rapidly changing society. Still more, we conceive of his education as designed to meet his needs of today as well as his needs of tomorrow.
This shift in the conception of the child to be taught and the purpose in teaching him, during the early years of his school life, has called alike for different instructional methods, radical reorganizations in the content of instruction, and a new type of school room and instructional equipment. Teaching in the primary school of today is freer and more varied than it was a quarter of a century ago.
A. M. Porter Wilson
Prairie View State College
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Lewis, R. E. (1932). Factors That Contribute to the Normal Development of the Primary Child. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.pvamu.edu/pvamu-theses/350