Published in 1938, this book documents a psychological study carried out on behalf of the Girls’ Public Day School Trust. Comprising 25 schools, the trust set the standard for girls’ education for the first decade of the twentieth century and the pioneering study was set to serve the cause of national education.

Marion Milner documents the study and her findings across four sections with topics covered including: intelligence testing, classroom observations, interpretation of material, varying effects of the environment and interviewing techniques. Sections also discuss practical implications from the research, and the importance of the psychologist in the classroom.

This book provides a detailed study of mental development and education in adolescent girls in the 1930’s as well as considering how important it can be to have a psychologist in the classroom. An original study that will still be of interest to researchers and academics in the fields of education, psychology and gender studies today.

section I|53 pages

First Statements of the Problems

chapter I|9 pages

How the Experiment Began

chapter II|26 pages

The Problems as Seen by the Staffs

chapter III|16 pages

The Problems as Stated by the Girls

section II|155 pages

The Application of Psychological Techniques of Observation and Measurement

chapter I|14 pages

Intelligence Tests and Class Observation

chapter II|16 pages

The Interview

chapter III|15 pages

Ways of Interpreting the Case Material

chapter IV|12 pages

A Chart for the Classification of Interests

chapter V|20 pages

Interest in Intuitive Experience

chapter VI|18 pages

Interest in Intellectual Experience

chapter VII|15 pages

Interaction between the Levels of Experience

chapter VIII|11 pages

Anxiety in Terms of the Chart

chapter IX|9 pages

Temperament and Vocational Choice

chapter X|11 pages

Varying Effects of the Environment

chapter XI|12 pages

Statistical Comparisons

section III|51 pages

The Function of the Psychologist within the School

chapter I|14 pages

What the Psychologist Has to Offer

chapter III|14 pages

Concepts Useful as Instruments

chapter IV|11 pages

A Point of View

section IV|33 pages

Practical Implications