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Master of Science

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Historical Background of Visiting Teacher Movement:

Visiting teacher work was developed Independently and simultaneously In three different cities - New York, Boston, and Hartford, Connecticut - during the years 1906-1907. In New York the Impetus came from two settlements that had assigned visitors to school districts in order that the settlement house and staff might keep In closer touch with the teachers of the children who lived In the settlement neighborhood, The initiating group In Boston was the Woman*a Education Association that established a home and school visitor In one of the schools for the purpose of Insuring a closer tie between the home and the school. In Hartford the suggestion cam© from the director of the Psychological Clinic, At first the worker was known as a special teacher" who assisted the psychologist by gathering case histories and later by carrying out the recommendations.

The conditions which led to a broader development of the visiting teacher program were mainly (1) an increasing school preparation due to a rising total population? (2) an Increasing measure of compulsory school attendance which was stressing the attendance of all children? (3) a beginning awareness on the part of psychologists, sociologists, and social workers of the nature of and the effect of environment on individual differences.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Samuel Davis

Committee Member

Jesse Drew

Committee Member

Jesse Drew


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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John B Coleman Library

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