The Eight Year Study (1930–1942) sought to articulate the relationship between high school and college curricula and to reconceive the purposes of secondary school education. Sponsored by the Progressive Education Association (PEA) and funded by the General Education Board of the Rockefeller Foundation, this national project, also known as the Thirty School Study, consisted of three PEA commissions and full-time staffs who worked directly with the faculty of 42 high schools and 26 junior high school programs. Through “exploration and experimentation,” what became a motto for the study, the Commission on the Relation of School and College (formed in 1930 and chaired by Wilford Aikin) addressed how the high school could serve youth more effectively. The Commission on Secondary School Curriculum (chaired by V. ...

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