ERIC Number: ED392560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1917
Teaching in Rural Schools.
Woofter, Thomas Jackson
Published in 1917, this book overviews rural schooling during the early 1900s and was written to address the problems of rural teaching and to serve as an introductory guide for rural teachers. Specifically, the book aimed to bring attention to the needs of rural life and the possible contributions of the rural school, to describe effective educational practices, and to overview educational theory and principles. The first section of the book provides an introduction to rural schooling and rural life and addresses types of rural schools and their functions. Other chapters in this section cover preparation of rural school teachers, organization and management of the rural school, child development, and general principles of teaching and discipline. The second section addresses specific methods for teaching elementary school subjects including reading and literature, English, spelling, penmanship, history and civics, geography, arithmetic, elementary science and agriculture, physiology, hygiene and sanitation, and arts and crafts. Emphasis is placed on the importance of grounding students in the fundamentals of reading, spelling, writing, and arithmetic along with the values of self-discipline and hard work. Each chapter includes discussion questions, additional resources for teachers, and a list of additional reading materials for students. Contains an index and a list of 20 recommended books concerning teaching in rural schools. (LP)
Descriptors: Child Development, Discipline, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Educational Theories, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Teacher Education, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Books; Historical Materials; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Xerox copy of original book, reproduced two pages per landscape pages. This book is cited by Mary Phillips Manke in her article "The Rural Teacher in the Early 1900's" (EJ 478 228) as a classic of rural education literature; see also RC 020 216-218, 435, 451-452, 470.