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Scientific Methods As Applied To Child Education In "the Children's Houses"

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4                THE MONTESSORI METHOD
was firmly planted upon the battle-field of the school, the victory would be won.
The so-called School of Scientific Pedagogy, therefore, instructed the teachers Jn the taking of anthropometric measurements, in the use of esthesiometric instruments, in the gathering of Psychological Data — and the army of new scientific teachers was formed.
It should be said that in this movement Italy showed herself to be abreast of the times. In Erance, in Eng­land, and especially in America, experiments have been made in the elementary schools, based upon a study of an­thropology and pyschological pedagogy, in the hope of find­ing in anthropometry and psychometry, the regeneration of the school. In these attempts it has rarely been the teach­ers who have carried on the research; the experiments have been, in most cases, in the hands of physicians who have taken more interest in their especial science than in edu­cation. They have usually sought to get from their ex­periments some contribution to psychology, or anthro­pology, rather than to attempt to organise their work and their results toward the formation of the long-sought Scientific Pedagogy. To sum up the situation briefly, anthropology and psychology have never devoted them­selves to the question of educating children in the schools, nor have the scientifically trained teachers ever measured up to the standards of genuine scientists.
The truth is that the practical progress of the school demands a genuine fusion of these modern tendencies, in practice and thought; such a fusion as shall bring scientists directly into the important field of the school and at the same time raise teachers from the inferior intellectual level to which they are limited to-day. Toward this eminently practical ideal the University School of Peda-
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