ERIC Number: ED543678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1937
Reference Count: N/A
Biennial Survey of Education in the United States, 1934-1936. Bulletin, 1937, No. 2. Volume I. Chapter II: Trends in Secondary Education
Jessen, Carl A.
Office of Education, United States Department of the Interior
Education in the United States faces important problems in the large and increasing enrollments in secondary schools, in the wide variety of interests and the extensive range of capacities represented in the pupils coming to these schools, and in the peculiar needs by pupils of early adolescent age for advice and guidance on social, moral, educational, and vocational issues which they imminently must decide, no matter how inadequately prepared they may be to make the needed decisions. Moreover, since the end of the compulsory school age usually comes within the secondary school period, pupils are withdrawing at all times, thus placing a demand for flexibility in the courses such as is required at no other level. In its effort to record basic facts regarding the development of secondary education through the years the Office of Education includes data on secondary schools in the chapters entitled "Statistics of State School Systems" and "Statistics of City School Systems" which appear in every issue of the Biennial Survey of Education. Quadriennially in the same publication appear chapters on Statistics of Public High Schools and Statistics of Private High Schools. The present chapter on "Trends in Secondary Education" is included to provide opportunity for discussion of significant movements and undertakings which do not lend themselves appropriately to analyses so exclusively statistical in character as those previously mentioned. This chapter was written principally by Carl A. Jessen, senior specialist in secondary education. Certain sections of the chapter were prepared by other members of the Office staff. These contributions are indicated by footnotes at the appropriate places in the chapter. The subjects of the sections and their authors are as follows: (1) Exceptional Pupils (Elise H. Martens); (2) Vocational Education (C. M. Arthur); (3) Small High Schools (Division of Special Problems); (4) Tests and Measurements (David Segel); and (5) Guidance (Maris M. Proffitt). (Contains 5 tables and 37 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Secondary Education, High Schools, State Schools, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, Educational Development, School Statistics, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis, Exceptional Child Research, Academically Gifted, Small Schools, Tests, Measurement, Guidance, Enrollment Trends, Population Trends, Individual Differences, School Restructuring, Curriculum Development, Improvement Programs, School Surveys, Annual Reports
Office of Education, United States Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: United States Department of the Interior, Office of Education (ED)
Identifiers - Location: United States