Bird T. Baldwin


Bird T. Baldwin was the first director of the Iowa Welfare Research Station, a research unit dedicated to bringing experimental science to the study of child development. His particular direction, following the interest of the time, was to study children's physical development by measuring growth. This emphasis on the physical was called anthropometry and Baldwin called his research station

He and his staff took detailed measures of children in the Iowa City each year. Their results were placed on record cards and followed the children throughout their education until their growth was completely charted. Baldwin took more than a million of these measurements that were then sent to the children's schools, homes, health organizations and physical education departments. The measurements were analyzed and published by the U.S. government.

Baldwin's writings in chrnological order

Baldwin, Bird T. (1911). Notes on school observation: The physical nature of the child. Austin, TX: The University of Texas.

Baldwin, Bird T. (1915). Present status of the honor system in colleges and universities. Washington: Government Printing Office.

Baldwin, Bird T. (1919). Occupational therapy applied to restoration of function of disabled joints. Washington, D. C.: Walter Reed General Hospital.

Baldwin, Bird T. (1920). Studies in experimental education. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press.

Baldwin, Bird T. (1921). The physical growth of children from birth to maturity. Iowa City: The University of Iowa.

Baldwin, Bird T. & Stecher, Lori Ida (1922). Mental growth curve of normal and superior children studied by means of consecutive intelligence examinations. Iowa City: The University of Iowa.

Baldwin, Bird T. & Smith, Madorah (1923). Educational research. Washington: Government Printing Office.

Baldwin, Bird T., Wood, Thomas D., Woodbury, Robert Morse. (1923). Weight-height-age tables: Tables for boys and girls of school age. Washington D. C.: National Child Health Council.

Baldwin, Bird T. & Stecher, Lorie Ida (1924). The psychology of the preschool child. NY: Appleton and Company.

Baldwin, Bird T. (1928). The young child. Chicago: American Library Association.

Crum, Grace E. & Baldwin, Bird T. (1929). The preschool child: A study program to accompany The Young Child. Reading with a purpose. Chicago: American Library Association.

Baldwin, Bird T., Fillmore, Eva Abigail, Hadley, Lora (1930). Farm children: An investigation of the rural child life in selected areas of Iowa. NY: Arno Press.