How do students learn? What is the mental life of the pupil? How can students and teachers alike intensify their relationship and enhance the learning environment? American psychologist and philosopher WILLIAM JAMES (1842-1910), brother of novelist Henry James, was a groundbreaking researcher at Harvard University, as well as a profoundly influential explorer of the learning process and one of the most significant academics of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In these essays, considered a vital companion to James's Principles of Psychology (1890) and gleaned from a series of lectures on psychology given to teachers at Harvard in 1892--James addresses both students and teachers on: - psychology and the teaching art t- he stream of consciousness - education and behavior - the laws of habit - the acquisition of ideas - the gospel of relaxation - what makes a life significant - and more.