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Zirbes, Laura

  • By: Elinor A. Scheirer
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

The contributions of Laura Zirbes (18841967) to the field of curriculum lie in three areas: (1) as a consummate progressive teacher and teacher educator; (2) as an early advocate of classroom-based, teacher-initiated research; and (3) as a steadfast leader in professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of educational practice. In 1948, the National Women's Press Club recognized her achievements in education with an award as “Woman of the Year,” presented to her by President Harry Truman. With more than 200 publications, hundreds of speeches and workshops for inservice educators, and a career of more than 60 years teaching at all levels of schooling, she advocated an elementary curriculum that recognized the developmental needs of the child, the centrality of experience in learning, the integration of ...

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