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Contrary imaginations : a psychological study of the English schoolboy

by Liam Hudson

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Contrary imaginations: A psychological study of the English schoolboy   (2018-01-08)

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by wppalmer

A Review of ‘Contrary imaginations: A psychological study of the English schoolboy’ by Liam Hudson

CITATION: Hudson, L. (1967). Contrary imaginations: A psychological study of the English schoolboy. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, UK: Penguin Books.

Reviewer: Dr William P. Palmer

I have always been impressed by this classic of educational psychology and am surprised that it has not been reviewed previously on this site.

Hudson (1966) in his book Contrary imaginations put forward the hypothesis that there were two natural modes of thought in his psychological study of the English schoolboy. These were said to be convergent thinking and divergent thinking. The majority of those who were convergent thinkers turned out to be studying science whilst the greater portion of those who were divergent thinkers turned out to be studying the Arts.

The book appeared to explain the C. P. Snow ‘two cultures’ thesis of the Arts and the Sciences and offered an apparent explanation. It is an important work, well worth reading.

BILL PALMER




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