The Environment of Learning: Conflict and Understanding in the Secondary School - Elizabeth RichardsonThomas Nelson & Sons, 1967, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little wrinkled at the edges, slightly faded and price clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but slightly musty.
From the cover: “Today the practice of education has become more controversial than at any time in history. The Environment of Learning offers a completely new approach to this subject, showing how deeply personal relationships within a school community influence what and how its pupils learn. Elizabeth Richardson discusses vitally important factors such as the psychological effects of the layout of classrooms; the uses and abuses of time; the loneliness of the teacher and of some of the pupils; and how a class can spontaneously develop as a group to block or further learning. Patterns of leadership and control, discipline and freedom are analysed to provide new insights into the nature of authority in schools. Above all, the author stresses that teachers must be learners too, and she examines the bonds and tensions between staff members, assessing how far these can affect a teacher’s behaviour in the classroom group. Relationships between headmasters or headmistresses and their pupils, staff and outside world are put into a new perspective. The Environment of Learning is an important and highly topical book, to be studied not only by teachers, students and lecturers in education, but by all those interested in group psychology.”