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Experimental Work in Elementary Schools: Utility as a Dominant Element in Neighborhood Work


by William C. Prosser & Cliff Winfield Stone - 1904

The conclusions reached in this paper are the result of experience during the past six months with a group of boys, largely of Irish parentage, ranging in age from fourteen to eighteen years, whose only defined conception of utility was the commercial one, or whose experience in utility had been limited to the commercial side of life. The work was undertaken as an experiment; with a view to determining to some extent the nature of the work, best fitted for settlement clubs or night school classes. From the first it was our conviction that all the work undertaken should be educative, not merely entertaining. From the standpoint of the leader of a club, the easiest thing to do with boys or girls who are not in the habit of studying is merely to make the time pass pleasantly to entertain by means of games or other activities, with little reference to their educative value. But while we do not wish to undervalue the efficiency of properly directed play or social intercourse as an educative factor, we do believe that pleasant loafing is not educative.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 5 Number 3, 1904, p. 56-60
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9803, Date Accessed: 1/26/2020 4:52:21 PM

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