The Child: His Nature and His Needs: A Survey of Present-day Knowledge Concerning Child Nature and the Promotion of the Well-being and Education of the Young

Childrens Foundation, 1924 - 516 sider
"In the present volume it has been the aim to sum up and apply what is known regarding the nature and the physical, intellectual, social, and moral needs of childhood and youth. It has not been possible, of course, to treat all aspects of child nature and every requirement for the well-being and education of the young; only the more general aspects have received attention. It is anticipated that in due course other volumes will be published in which it will be possible to deal in much detail with the well-being and education of childhood and youth in the home, in the school, and in society. It is expected that when this program shall have been completed, it will have been possible to present a coordinated view of the nature and needs of childhood and youth under all the conditions and all the situations of contemporary American life"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).

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