chapter  19
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Psychological and Psychiatric Assessments at the Classifying School

Withthetestingevengreatercarewastaken.Untilthe1957period ofthisresearch,permissionhadnotbeengrantedforaPsychologist ontheschool'sstaff,and,whateverthequalificationsoftheperson orpersonsadministeringpsychologicaltests,herrolewasamixed one;inthemainperiodoftheresearchshehadanHonoursDegree inPsychologyplusaflairfortakingteamgamesintheafternoon, andwasengagedasateacher;orshewastheDeputyHeadmistress performingamultitudeofadministrativeandassessmentduties,with variedexperienceteachingnon-delinquents,andcompletingaSecond degreeinEducationembracinganHonourscourseinPsychology. Bothmetthegirlsinavarietyofsituationsinthecourseofaday, sothenormalprocessofformingrapportwithatestsubjectwas inverted;theystartedfromapointofacquaintance,evencamaraderie (thoughboth,whilebeingnon-punitive,exercisedcontrollinginfluencesintheschool)andhadtobeconcernedtogaintheessentially neutralizedatmosphereforgoodcognitivetesting,whilebeing totallyreassuringandunperturbable.Fewpsychologistswould probablyregardthedifficultteenagegirlasanidealtestee,andthe writerhaslittledoubt,fromreflectionandsubsequentexperience,

thatthescene-settingandelicitingofcooperationwerewelland wiselytackled.