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ERIC Number: EJ794779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0093-3104
Educating Black Girls in the Early 20th Century: The Pioneering Work of Nannie Helen Burroughs (1879-1961)
Bair, Sarah D.
Theory and Research in Social Education, v36 n1 p9-35 Win 2008
Using social education as a theoretical framework, this article examines the educational theories of Nannie Helen Burroughs (1883-1961), founder of the National Training School for Women and Girls in 1909, and discusses the social studies curriculum at her school. Burroughs's papers reveal her efforts to build a curriculum that blended practical, employable skills with an emphasis on racial pride, empowerment, and Christian service. An early and vigorous proponent of Black history in social studies curriculum, Burroughs encouraged her students to use their historical understanding as a tool to address contemporary problems in the Black community. She expected graduates of her school to be active citizens, and she stressed community service, current events, public speaking, and leadership within school clubs as practice for citizenship. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Junior High Schools; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia