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Commission on the Secondary School Curriculum Reports

  • By: Robert V. Bullough Jr.
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Although the Eight Year Study is typically remembered as the work of the Commission on the Relation of School and College and the academic comparison of 1,475 pairs of students in college, the reports of the Commission on the Secondary School Curriculum (more commonly known as the Thayer Commission) made a significant contribution to the field of curriculum studies and served to define the study's conception of progressive education curriculum at the secondary school level.

With the official formation of the Aikin Commission (the Commission/Committee on the Relation of School and College) by the Progressive Education Association in April 1930, the need for assistance in curriculum development to support the study became apparent. Accordingly, in May of 1932 the Commission on Secondary School Curriculum was ...

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