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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1948. Department of Secondary Education.


Copyright 1948, the author. Used by permission.


The objective of this thesis is to present a description and an analysis of the teaching of English in Nebraska’s public and junior colleges. The major emphases are placed upon (1) the general trends of teaching English in American junior colleges, (2) the legal and financial structures underlying the Nebraska public junior colleges, (3) the English course offerings in the Nebraska public junior colleges, (4) the teaching methods and materials of instruction used in the Nebraska public junior colleges, and (5) the problems in English instruction confronting the Nebraska public junior colleges.

Information was gathered from 15 junior colleges in each region of the nation that were accredited at the time on the specifics of their English programs (in 1948 there were no public junior colleges in Nebraska accredited by the regional accrediting association).The next part of the study focused on a detailed examination of the English programs at the four public junior colleges in Nebraska:McCook Junior College, McCook, Nebraska; Scottsbluff Junior College, Scottsbluff, Nebraska; Norfolk Junior College, Norfolk, Nebraska; and Fairbury Junior College, Fairbury Nebraska. Observations were made of as many English classes as possible and the dean and English teachers at each public junior college was interviewed. In all phases of the visits, observations, and interviews, the author was accompanied by a second person who recorded all pertinent data in short hand so that the facts would not be trusted to memory.

The writer finishes the research by presenting some conclusions which are evidenced throughout the thesis. Several problems were observed through the observations of the Nebraskan Junior Colleges in comparison to what was observed in the study of the nation’s accredited junior colleges.

Advisor: Royce H. Knapp