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by Natalie Thornton - 1922

The accompanying study is one of a series made during the year 1921-1922 in Teachers College by a group of advisers of women and girls in a course designed to study the problems of advisers of young women in college and normal school and of girls in high school. The educational possibilities in the field of the adviser or dean of women have in the past received scant attention. The preceptress of the last century has by slow but certain stages evolved into the dean or adviser of the present generation, but the nature of the duties of these officials has changed very little in a century. The preceptress was regarded as a more or less necessary person, whose chief function was to look after the manners and morals of the girls of a school, and to keep a watchful eye out for the reputation of the school and the protection of its property. Preceptresses and deans in the past were autocrats of the blue-blooded type. They set up standards of conduct and types of “manners” for this, that, and the other occasion which had to be assiduously followed by the young “ladies” of the school.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 23 Number 4, 1922, p. 305-326
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4152, Date Accessed: 8/13/2020 10:25:06 PM

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