Between schools and workshops, apprentices through the lens of psychology in the 1950s

By Jérome Martin

In the 1950s, psychologists conducted numerous surveys of apprentices enrolled in apprenticeship centres. These psychologists, working with several research laboratories, used different methods (psychotechnical, statistical and clinical) to study a specific student population located partway between schools and workshops. By drawing a psychosociological portrait of this youth population, these psychologists investigated this form of adolescence in a working-class environment.

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