Sheets, Gesell Developmental Schedules. Form 5

Sheets, Gesell Developmental Schedules. Form 5

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The author, Wisconsin-born Arnold L. Gesell (1880-1961) received his undergraduate degree (1903) from the University of Wisconsin, taught school for a time, and then did graduate work at Clark University, obtaining his doctorate in 1906. He lived in New York, Los Angeles, and Wisconsin for a time, moving to New Haven to work toward a medical degree at Yale. By the time he received this M.D. in 1915, he had begun to offer child counseling services in New Haven. He garnered a full-time position in child hygiene on the faculty at Yale and, in 1919, begun studies of the development of normal children. These led to proposal of a set of “Developmental Schedules” that described the activities a normal infant could do at various ages. These tests were published by the Psychological Corporation from at least 1940.
Gesell, A., “Monthly Increments of Development in Infancy,” Journal of Genetic Psychology, 1925, 32, pp. 203-208.
Harris, Benjamin, “Gesell, Arnold Lucius (1880-1962), Psychologist and Pediatrician,” American National Biography, 2000 (accessed May 5, 2020).
Miles, Walter R., “Arnold Lucius Gesell, 1880-1961,” Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, 1964, pp. 55-96, esp. p. 87. This source does not discuss developmental schedules, though reference to 1940 instructions for them are included in the bibliography.
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Psychological Corporation
A. Gesell and Associates
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overall: 21.8 cm x 28 cm; 8 19/32 in x 11 1/32 in
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Gift of Samuel Kavruck
Psychological Tests
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