Psychological Test, Teaching Aptitude Test

Psychological Test, Teaching Aptitude Test

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During the 1920s American psychologists proposed a wide range of tests for use by employers and educators, including examinations for aptitude for various occupations. George Washington University psychology professor Fred August Moss (1893-1966) prepared this test for teacher aptitude with faculty member Thelma Hunt (1903-1992) and graduate student Florence Catherine Wallace [later Bose] (1895-1981).
The examination is in five parts. The first considers judgment in teaching situations, the second reasoning and information concerning school problems, the third comprehension and retention, the fourth observation and recall, and the fifth recognition of mental states from facial expressions [CHECK AGAINST TEST]
For other tests involving Moss and the Center for Psychological Service, see 1990.0034.114 and 1989.0710.08.
American Psychological Association, 1962 Directory, ed. James Q. Holsopple, Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 1962, p.339, 511.
On Thelma Hunt, see
Gipson, T.H., Relationship of Teaching Aptitude to Age, Sex and Classification of Students at Southern University." The Journal of Negro Education, 1960, 29, no. 1, pp. 96-99. Accessed April 28, 2020. This describes the test in detail.
Wallace, Florence Catherine M. The Psychological Aspects of Speech Correction , M.A. Thesis, George Washington University,1930.
George Washington University, Cherry Tree, 1927, p. 78. Florence Catherine Wallace is listed as a student at Teachers College of GWU in this yearbook.
“Deaths, Florence Wallace Bose,” Washington Post, July 26, 1981, p. B4. Bose is listed as the retired principal of Randle Highlands-Orr Schools in Washington, D.C. She had married Walter Bose in June of 1948.
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Object Name
Psychological Test
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Moss, Fred A.
Hunt, T.
Wallace, F. C.
Center for Psychological Service
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paper (overall material)
overall:.1 cm x 21.6 cm x 28 cm; 1/32 in x 8 1/2 in x 11 1/32 in
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Gift of Samuel Kavruck
Psychological Tests
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