Educational psychology at the Boston meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

W. Van Dyke Bingham
1910 Journal of Educational Psychology  
Readers of this JOURNAL have seen elsewhere general reports of the gathering of scientific men in Boston last December, on the occasion of the sixty-first meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Estimates of the actual number in attendance have varied somewhat widely, but the total, including those registered with the numerous affiliated organizations, was probably not far from 2000. Educational psychology was represented upon the programs of several of these
more » ... al of these different societies. Indeed, not infrequently two or more organizations were listening at the same time to papers which were of interest to the student of this subject, and he found himself devoting much valuable time to the street-cars between Cambridge and "Tech." and the Harvard Medical School in a vain attempt to hear all that was attractive to him in the various programs. Seldom has been more clearly exemplified the increasing attention which educational psychology is receiving, and also the need for sufficient cooperation within this field to bring to a common focus these widely distributed activities. At the opening meeting of section L, the section for Education, Professor E. L. Thorndike presented under the caption of "Units and Scales for Educational Measurement" a report upon a laborious research which is designed to perfect a scale of merit in children's hand-writing. Samples of writing were shown which had been found to represent eleven degrees of excellence, each of the equal steps in the scale being one-tenth of the difference between the
doi:10.1037/h0071377 fatcat:sq3s6nnlsbeydjjecmdyr2whxq