Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Batterson's Pocket Board

Today, another trip down to the vault at the OHSU School of Dentistry and another cartload of items for integration into the historical collections, from human remains and siwak sticks to school publications to hundreds of photographs (print and negative). In the last of these categories, a particularly captivating image is "Mr. George Batterson's 'Pocket Board,'" shown below.

"Educational adviser" George E. Batterson was chair of the Department of General Education at the University of Oregon Dental School and served on the school faculty from 1946 to 1975. He received his master's degree in education from the University of Oregon in 1936. His master's thesis was titled "An analysis of examination items from three universities to determine the extent to which they call for the exercise of higher intellectual thought processes" (which I think may be a fancy way of saying that tests don't test much beyond rote memorization). He definitely exercised his higher intellectual thought processes in creating and implementing his "pocket" system for course schedule maintenance. Very elegant, very easy, very analog--which are all qualities we prize.

Click on the image for a larger version to see what courses were required at UODS in the 1960s.

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