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Author Mossman, Lois Coffey, author

Title The activity concept : an interpretation / Lois Coffey Mossman, Teachers College, Columbia University ; with an introduction by William H. Kilpatrick
Published New York : Macmillan Co., 1940
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Description 1 online resource ( xvii, 197 pages)
Contents Planning for the opening of school -- Changing conceptions relative to the function of the school -- Living, learning, and becoming -- The emerging curriculum -- Developing abilities -- Becoming a self through group life -- Teaching, guidance, leadership -- The effort to understand the learner -- The effort to secure adequate relationship to the environment
Summary "The general activity outlook is now distinctly in the ascendant. Its democratic regard for personality, its biological psychology (which considerably antedated its German kinsman, the Gestalt psychology), its preference for human personality over subject-matter-set-out-to-be-learned, its success in bringing creative and happy growth to pupils and teachers alike--these and more seem to promise that it will become the accepted general basis for American education. Let the words general basis here be stressed. The activity conception, while based on fairly definite principles, offers no authoritative creed with an orthodoxy to be preached by the elect and accepted by the rest. Not that, and far from it. Instead of a creed and orthodoxy, we have promising principles, principles that must be worked out in varied practice, then criticized, then still further worked out in still varied ways, world without end. The remoter developments we cannot see, nor need we. The immediate task suffices to fill our efforts. It is with this immediate task that Mrs. Mossman's book concerns itself--to give actual guidance and help alike to prospective teachers and to active practitioners as they study the activity concept to see what it means, to catch a deeper vision of how education might go on, to learn how better to follow the vision. Mrs. Mossman's sincere sympathy with childhood, her social vision, her wide knowledge of better practice, her penetrating insight into educational theory--these things equip her to render needed help. It is by the continual efforts of many such guides, as they encourage others to follow the vision, that the world makes progress. It is by such efforts that the idea defines itself ever more adequately. It is a pleasure to share in this way in so worthy a cause"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-187) and index
Notes Also issued in print
Subject Activity programs in education.
Educational psychology.
Psychology, Educational.
Form Electronic book