Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline



During the last ten years, elementary education has received less critical study than almost any other phase of the American school system* The situation has been generally Justified on the grounds that the elementary school did not need improvement as much as other aspects of the educational system. During recent years there has been a marked change in the philosophy of education, in the organization of techniques of teaching, and in the content of the various courses of instruction, particularly the course in the social studies.

There is a growing conviction among teachers that the social studies should serve as an approach to the social understanding of our current complex society.

The modern school must learn to use the community as a great living laboratory in the social studies. Hot only must the school learn to use the community as an effective means of education, but, It must also make contribution to improved living through groups. Ho longer can our simplest needs be met without dependence on group processes and actions.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Dorothy I. Burdine


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


© 2021 Prairie View A & M University

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.