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Mr. Bullis seemed to have a direct answer to the problem that was concerning the experimenter. However, after using his book for several years and in different grade levels: sixth, seventh and eighth, it became apparent that no such single remedy would change the behavior or personality of children in a basic sense. The lessons seemed to work best for the experiment with eighth grade pupils, but still he was not confident in this own mind that they were as effective as they might be; that is, to help boys and girls get along better with one another, to understand their own emotional problems and develop their abilities at winning friends.
The problem to be determined was: did this series of lesson plans change the mental framework of elementary school children? If this could be tested on a scientific basis, it could actually be determined if there was a change in thinking and feeling. There were a number of problems to overcome, but the statement of the problem was established: What is the significance of a series of lesson plans from Human Relations in the Classroom - Course I on a group of seventh grade school children, as measured by the Mental Health Analysis?
Jackson, Ernest Herman Jr.. (1952). A parallel group experiment in mental hygiene with school children. University of the Pacific, Thesis. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/1191