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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 54, Number 10 (May 1953)

Richard, George
School for schoolmasters,   pp. 24-26


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gram. All the educational institutes are
planned by UW School of Education
staff members, often with other partici-
pating agencies.
   There are other ways in which edu-
cators look to the University of Wiscon-
sin for assistance in teaching. Particu-
larly  outstanding  is the   Wisconsin
School of the Air series of broadcasts
over WHA and the state FM network,
which reach 200,000 elementary school
children. A curriculum of specialized
subjects like drawing, music and science
is worked out by various education
agencies-and the teachers in the field
-and beamed twice a day, at 9:30 a. m.
and 1:30 p. m., to teachers and students
all over the state. The School of the Air
goes a long way toward equalizing edu-
cational opportunity between rural and
urban school children.
   Teachers in Wisconsin also find an-
other UW    service invaluable in imple-
young charges and the parental public
-get the benefit of an extensive pro-
gram of research within the School of
Education. Supported by private and
public funds, the research explores in-
tensively such areas as learning proces-
ses, curriculum organization, and school
district organization. There have been
12 major research projects underway in
1952-53.
   A grant from the Parker Pen Co.
made possible a research project on
teaching handwriting. Another project
furnished the basis for study of the
relationship between student and family
finances to various aspects of education.
One conclusion so far: many high-level
students are not in college-maybe only
half as many as there should be.
  An especially important research proj-
ect in process is one that involves the
School of Education and staff members
of the Department of Public Instruction.
Sponsored by the Parker Pen Co., naturally enough, a special research project
at the UW
delves into the teaching of penmanship by using all manner of scientific
apparatus.
menting their technique. This is the
film library of the Bureau of Visual
Instruction, of which teachers of 323,-
000 Wisconsin public school children
and in 113 private schools make fre-
quent use. Of 61,062 reels booked by
the Bureau in 1951-52, the great ma-
jority were for use by teachers in the
classroom, and they cover an infinite
variety of subjects.
  Nor is public service in education lim-
ited to these direct services to educators.
  Sometimes directly, sometimes indi-
rectly, educators--and    thereby  their
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The project has financial support from
the  Midwest Administration     Center,
Chicago University, a Kellogg Founda-
tion undertaking. The project is a study
of the relationship between state aid
for local schools in Wisconsin local edu-
cational planning, and is part of a na-
tional research program directed toward
educational administration. And it is
more than merely a fact-finding survey
-the findings are channeled back to
local school leaders. The result is a
stimulation of initiative in local plan-
ning.
   The project got underway with a
 series of planning conferences outlining
 the course of action. The planning con-
 ferences resulted in a review of existing
 literature on the subject, a survey of
 state-supported programs elsewhere, and
 finally a survey of local problems. This
 last has been accomplished by a study
 of the 354 Wisconsin boards whose
 jurisdiction extends over grades one
 through twelve. Sixty of these were
 selected for intensive study by teams of
 two researchers, who went into the com-
 munities to study local planning for sev-
 eral days at a time. The team inter-
 viewed school board members, school
 administrators, county superintendents,
 newspaper editors, PTA officials, munic-
 ipal officials, and, in brief, virtually all
 citizens active in progress planning. Re-
 sults of the survey are compiled, made
 into bulletins, and sent back to local
 administrators.
   Much interesting research is carried
on in the summer "laboratory school"
at  Madison. This     "lab"   school is
watched with active interest by both
teachers  and    school  administrators,
whether they are on campus for an in-
stitute, or enrolled in Summer Session.
The school is a six week demonstration
school including grades from pre-kin-
dergarten through the sixth.
   Summer Session, incidentally, is still
mighty attractive to teachers-they con-
stitute 40 per cent of the enrolment at
Wisconsin. Like other summer students,
they are drawn to the University of Wis-
consin because of the opportunity for
association with world-renowned schol-
ars and teachers. It has been UW Sum-
mer Session policy not to short-change
teachers and other "off-season" students
by running in a "second-string" teach-
ing team. Not only does much of the
UW faculty teach in the summer, but
their ranks are augmented by visiting
professors.
   With these various arms of the UW
School of Education extending into both
administrative and teaching fields, the
school finds that its program of public
service is a two-way street. Concern with
practical problems of the educator is re-
flected in an ever-changing pattern of
teacher preparation. UW staff men get
much the same insight into everyday
teaching and administration as do the
undergraduate education students from
their assignments to practice teaching in
52 Madison area schools.
   Cooperation in education-as in most
other fields-pays off in better teach-
ing, better administration, and a more
interested public.                 0 a
            WISCONSIN ALUMNUS


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