chapter  7
23 Pages

A Seminar in Child Psychology for Teachers

ByMortimer Schiffer

Successful education of the young is dependent as much on a teacher's knowledge of the psychology of child growth and the interaction which takes place in groups as it is on her grasp of subject content and her teaching skills. An effective method for helping teachers learn more about child behavior is to involve them in a study of the interaction which takes place in a group of exceptional children. The records of a therapeutic play group can be used profitably as the content of a continuing seminar. A seminar group which has teachers from all grade levels of an elementary school has merit, despite the fact that curriculum, teaching methods, and child behavior vary considerably from kindergarten to upper grades. The behavior of some teachers is influenced by neurotic forces, and this might become apparent through the opinions they offer in a seminar and in the manner in which they communicate.