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ERIC Number: ED448125
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct-7
Pages: 17
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Beyond "An Experiment with a Project Curriculum": The Other Works of Ellsworth Collings.
Garrett, Alan W.
This paper examines the works of Ellsworth Collings, professor at the University of Oklahoma beginning in 1922 and Dean of the School of Education beginning in 1926. Educators remember Collings for his 1923 book, "An Experiment With a Project Curriculum," which described the effectiveness of certain progressive principles when employed in rural schools. However, Collings wrote many other works that remain largely forgotten and ignored. No complete bibliography exists, and his papers have not been preserved. Collings published at least six books on education. His articles, which appeared in many well-known and lesser-known journals, primarily addressed project teaching as a means of improving education for all students. Throughout his articles, there was a steadfast faith in the engagement of students in purposeful activities, a belief in the dignity of children and the respect they deserved, and a hope that schools could be improved for all students. These themes were also present in his books. Collings' books regularly addressed the mechanics of implementing the ideas he advocated in classrooms and schools. He discussed methods of curriculum development, classroom instruction, and student evaluation. He offered specific examples of how some teachers had engaged their own students in various projects. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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