When Science Encounters the Child: Education, Parenting, & Child Welfare in 20th-Century America

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This provocative volume takes a critical look at how psychology and the social sciences have been applied to the lives of children, particularly in education, parenting, and child welfare. Contributions by senior scholars and promising new voices offer fresh, balanced perspectives on key questions: What role has science played in perpetuating discrimination and inequality among different groups of children? How has science been employed in the politics of program formulation, advocacy, and funding? How has science been used to justify the practices of child professionals? How have parents and children responded to scientific ventures designed to "help" them?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807746912
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 7/19/2006
  • Series: Reflective History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Toward a socially relevant science : notes on the history of child development research 16
2 Psychologizing the third R : Hall, Dewey, Thorndike, and progressive era ideas on the learning and teaching of arithmetic 35
3 The rise of English-only pedagogy : immigrant children, progressive education, and language policy in the United States, 1900-1930 56
4 Raising "precocious" children : from nineteenth-century pathology to twentieth-century potential 77
5 When physicians and psychologists parted ways : professional turf wars in child study and special education, 1910-1920 96
6 In the voices of delinquents : social science, the Chicago area project, and a boys' culture of casual crime and violence in the 1930s 116
7 The whole child : social science and race at the White House conference of 1930 136
8 White teachers and the "black psyche" : interculturalism and the psychology of race in the New York City high schools, 1940-1950 157
9 The children of Brown : psychology and school desegregation in midcentury America 175
10 "Training" the baby : mothers' responses to advice literature in the first half of the twentieth century 195
11 Bringing up boys : science, popular culture, and gender, 1890-1960 215
Coda : the sciences of childhood 235
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