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Stories of the Eight-Year Study: Re-examining Secondary Education in America


reviewed by Joseph Featherstone January 16, 2007

coverTitle: Stories of the Eight-Year Study: Re-examining Secondary Education in America
Author(s): Craig Kridel & Robert V. Bullough
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791470547 , Pages: 288, Year: 2007
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Craig Kridel and Robert Bullough, Jr. have performed an important act of scholarly reclamation; the sort we inhabitants of the United States of Amnesia sorely need. Stories of the Eight-Year Study: Re-examining Secondary Education in America (SUNY Press, 2007) introduces one of the most fascinating and least appreciated educational experiments of the 20th century. Initiated by the Progressive Education Association, the Eight Year Study (also called the 30 School Study) evolved over a 12-year period from 1930 to 1942. A group of selected U.S. high schools (urban, rural, public, private) agreed to reinvent themselves in order to establish better connections between school and college, and to generally "serve youth more effectively" (p. 3). (The Eight Years of the title were the sum of four years of high school and four years of college.) The resulting project proved to be a burst of creative educational thought and practice. Kridel and Bullough have... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 16, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12929, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 3:39:28 PM

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  • Joseph Featherstone
    Michigan State University
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    JOSEPH FEATHERSTONE is professor of teacher education at Michigan State University. He was for years faculty co-leader of one team in the MSU teacher certification program. He is the author of Dear Josie, Witnessing the Hopes and Failures of Democratic Education (TC Press, 2003), and co-editor with others of a forthcoming book, Transforming Teacher Education, Reflections from the Field (Harvard Education Press, 2007).
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