Empirical Knowledge Base for Education
'Principles of Psychology' (1890) by William James
Quotes from this book:
The only general pedagogic maxim bearing on attention is that
the more interest the child has in advance in the subject, the
better he will attend. Induct him therefore in such a way as
to knit each new thing on to some acquisition already there;
and if possible awaken curiosity, so that the new thing shall
seem to come as an answer, or part of an answer, to a question
pre-existing in his mind.
In all pedagogy the great thing is to strike the iron while
hot, and to seize the wave of the pupil's interest in each successive
subject before its ebb has come, so that knowledge may be got
and a habit of skill acquired - a headway of interest, in short,
secured, on which afterward the individual may float. There is
a happy moment for fixing skill in drawing, for making boys collectors
in natural history, and presently dissectors and botanists; then
for initiating them into the harmonies of mechanics and the wonders
of physical and chemical law...
To detect the moment of the instinctive readiness for the
subject is, then, the first duty of every educator.
A stroll with William James by Frank Pajares of Emory University
James, William. (1884). What is an emotion? Mind, 9,
James, William. (1890). The principles of psychology.
James, William. (1892). The stream of consciousness. From
Psychology (chapter XI). Cleveland & New York,
James, William. (1904). Does consciousness exist? Journal
of Philosophy, Psychology, and Scientific Methods, 1, 477-491.
James, William. (1904). A world of pure experience. Journal
of Philosophy, Psychology, and Scientific Methods, 1, 533-543,