ERIC Number: ED254452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Birth of the Child Study Movement in the U.S.: Some Ideological, Social and Institutional Influences.
This paper explores some of the intellectual forces and themes connected to the emergence of the child study movement as a focus of scientific interest and research. This analysis is followed by a look at some institutional and social developments, which, it has been suggested, created needs and demands for the systematic study of children. Finally, there is an examination of the history of the movement itself: its chronology, methods and foci of study, some key figures associated with it, and its relationship to and reception by popular and academic audiences. The paper is divided into five sections: (1) early romantic theories of education and studies of development; (2) a note on nonromantic ideological strains in American psychology and education; (3) the influences of Darwinism; (4) social and institutional connections and influences; and (5) the child study movement, covering its major theoreticians, ideas, journals, goals and decline. A seven-page list of project research papers concludes the document. (IS)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Education.
Identifiers: Child Study Movement; United States
Note: Paper from the Project on Human Potential. For other project papers, see SO 016 244-270.