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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1933. Department of Vocational Education.


Copyright 1933, the author. Used by permission.


The purpose of this study is to assemble some of the more important facts bearing on the organization of the evening school throughout the United States. Sixteen states were selected in the four regions.It is believed that the practices followed by the instructors in these states are representative of the practices in general.From the information gathered from the evening school instructors some rather definite recommendations will be advanced.

An attempt has been made in this study to secure as much information as possible on the organization of the agricultural evening school.All literature that could be secured was brought together and successful teachers were interviewed in order to determine what should be included in the study.

A preliminary information blank was developed and mailed to several successful evening school teachers in Nebraska and to J. H. Pearson to be filled out and returned with suggestions for improvement. Some very valuable suggestions were received and incorporated in the form used in securing the data.The state supervisors in six states from the Central Region and five from each of the other three regions were asked for lists of at least ten successful teachers of agricultural evening schools.Replies were received from the six supervisors in the Central Region, three in the Southern Region, four in the North Atlantic and three in the Western Region.

The total number of information blanks sent out was 165, this being the number of teachers selected from the lists returned by the state supervisors in the sixteen states.When final tabulations were started, 125 of the information blanks had been returned.It will be noted that the teachers in Nebraska and Wisconsin returned 100 per cent of the blanks received. Examination of the 125 information blanks revealed that the teachers returning blanks had taught 748 agricultural evening schools.It is thought that this number of teachers with their wide experience in teaching evening schools should give an accurate picture of the organization problems.

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