The Point of Contact in Teaching by Patterson Du BoisThe Point of Contact in Teaching by Patterson Du Bois

The Point of Contact in Teaching

byPatterson Du Bois

Paperback | February 4, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901. Excerpt: ... Ill APPLYING THE PRINCIPLE Although the general principle of appealing to the youthful mind through the already familiar fact in interested experience has been freely illustrated in the foregoing chapter, it may be helpful to show more specifically just how the principle can be applied in practice with persons of all ages, and of various conditions and interests. It is not always possible, in dealing either with an individual or with aggregations, to strike the point of closest contact with life or with the most familiar interests or activities, but it is possible to address children on the general plane of child sight. Notwithstanding the stress that has, in the foregoing pages been laid upon things or external objects of sense perception, it is possible to find the point of contact through, if not in, mere men 49 tal habit or bodily function. Thus a child may be reached through mirth, or hunger, or through his curiosity or his spirit of investigation. Yet this is not to say that the child's thought must be turned back upon these mental states or inward feelings as objects. We can laugh with a laughing child and admire with an admiring child, but, after all, back of these emotional states lie the things of sense which awaken them. But all this will always have to be within the child-life plane. In "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," the line " How I wonder what you are," represents in the adult a very different mental attitude toward the twinkling star from what it represents in the child. Speaking of nature study Superintendent Balliet says children "are not interested in the scientific distinctions of root, stem, leaves, and flowers--plants must be instinct with human attributes; they do not care about the structure of the teeth, the claws, the eyes of th...
Title:The Point of Contact in TeachingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:22 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217602061

ISBN - 13:9780217602068