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London Lectures for Teachers

Nature volume 142, page 748 (22 October 1938) | Download Citation



THE L.C.C. Handbook for 1938-39 of lectures and classes for teachers gives particulars of 114 courses distributed over a wide field. Nearly half (52) relate to art and crafts, music and physical education, 19 are listed under 'pedagogy' and 7 under 'science'. Among what may be called the 'star turns' are lectures on food production by Sir John Russell, on recent advances in physics by Prof. J. D. Cock-roft and Prof. E. K. Rideal, on vitamins, hormones and stimulating substances by Dr. J. Needham and on astronomy by Sir Arthur Eddington. There are three courses which should prove useful on how to make use of museums (British, Victoria and Albert and London). Four deal with the important, but too often neglected, subjects of speech-training, speech therapy and backwardness in reading. Another often neglected subject will be dealt with under the title “Thinking and Writing” by Mr. R. W. Jepson at Mercers' School on lines designed to help in the training of children of 11-14 years of age to use language “as a medium for clear and exact thought and expression-to understand its structure and working and the meanings it conveys, to realize its potentialities for enlightenment and confusion, and to apply the knowledge thus gained to their own writing”. The equally neglected science and art of cookery find no place in the programme except by implication in the syllabus of a course on domestic subjects.

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