Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Frank L. Steves

Second Advisor

Margaret C. Gillespie

Third Advisor

Glenn E. Tagatz


The organization and curriculum content of the modern school has changed noticably since the early 1900's. Cremin attributes much change to what he calls the progressive movement in education. He describes it as a "humanitarian effort to apply the promise of American life--the ideal of government by, of, and for the people--to the puzzling new urban industrial civilization that came into being during the latter half of the nineteenth century." The progressive movement fostered beliefs that culture as well as the fundamental skills could be developed in the masses. Curriculum work became a significant part of most major school systems.