ONE-ROOM SCHOOL RESOURCES
Artley, Bob. (1994). Country Christmas: As Remembered by a Former Kid. Ames: Iowa State University Press.
Complete with illustrations, this book tells about an old-fashioned Christmas on a farm, from bobsledding to Grandma's house, to rehearsing for the Christmas program at a country school.
Artley, Bob. (1989). A Country School: Marion No. 7. Ames: Iowa State University Press.
This book illustrates and tells the story of country school Marion No. 7 and all that was involved in attending this school.
Artley, Bob. (1994). Country Things. Ames: Iowa State University Press.
This book includes line drawings that tell of a time when farming was done with "heads, hands, and heart." This book provides background information about country life and would be useful when comparing lifestyles of students among other things.
Ashby, M.K. (1929). The Country School. Oxford University Press, Humphrey Milford.
This book covers the typical rural school, the history of rural school buildings and reorganization, changes in curriculum and methods, the country child, rural bias and curriculum, the rural teacher and training involved, the importance of school methods, and the education of a country adolescent.
Beal, Beulah, Kidd, Mary & Millar, Alexander. (1936). Wind, Clouds, Rain, Ice, and Snow (Grades IV, V, VI), Farm Life (Grade IV), and Rural Health (one-room school). New York City: Bureau of Publications, Teacher's College, Columbia.
This book contains three short stories about different aspects of rural education.
Boraas, Julius. (1908). Getting Along in Country Schools. Minneapolis: Northwestern School Supply Co.
This book discusses the dynamics of the interactions and relationships between the teacher and school board, parents, pupil, superintendent, other teachers, community and self. It would provide interesting comparisons with those relationships today.
Bruere, Robert & Eggleston, J.D. (1913). The Work of the Rural School. New York: Harper Brothers & Publishers.
This book contains illustrations and discusses such aspects as the health of children, school government and course of study, the widening outlook of rural schools, cooperative demonstration work, school-plant, teacher as citizen-maker, and other basic areas.
Bowen, Genevieve May. (1944). Living and Learning in a Rural School. New York: MacMillan Company.
This book tells the story of Miss Lee's four years of teaching in a one-room school. It covers her first year, how she got to know the students, their needs, and the community in general. It reveals the cooperation involved and her process of preparing students for the duties, responsibilities, and privileges of citizenship as well as adjusting the curriculum and evaluation procedures each year. Other areas covered include developing home-school cooperation and the general daily tasks.
Butterworth, Julian Edward. (1926). Principles of Rural School Administration. New York: The MacMillan Company.
This book is more philosophical and discusses issues such as what the objectives of education should be, who should be responsible for education, the responsibilities of lay and professional groups, ways to make leadership more effective, and the overall organization and administration of the local school unit. It is interesting to find many of the same questions and issues still asked today.
Culter, Horace M. (1913). The Rural School: Its Methods and Management. Boston: Silver, Burdett and Company.
This book provides a general overview of the management and methods of the rural school. Management areas include school hygiene and sanitation, the teacher and his qualifications and personality, the first day, the daily schedule, recitation, teaching students to study, and play and playground. Methods include the basic subjects and the strategies involved in teaching them.
Dunn, Fannie Wyche. (1926). Four Years in a Country School. New York: Teacher's College, Columbia University.
This book tells about the progress of an experimental rural school in New Jersey. While it doesn't take place in Iowa and was an experiment, the information presented is accurate and covers explanations of the formats for arithmetic, English, geography, history, hygiene, nature study, and spelling. It discusses the one-teacher program in general and the factors involved as well as depicting the teacher and children at work.
Eells, Harry L. (1924). Rural School Management. Chicago: Scribner's Sons.
This book is similar to Culter's book and provides a general overview of most of the aspects of rural education, specifically the methods and management. Illustrations of the structures and elements of a one-room school are also included.
Foght, Harold, Waldstein. (1917). The Rural Teacher and his Work. New York: MacMillan Company.
This book covers the various roles teachers served, including teacher as community leader, organizer and administrator, and creator of the course of study.
Gruber, Donald M. (1990). Life and Times of One-Room Country Schools.
Gruber was responsible for the publishing of this book. This book is extremely valuable for several reasons. First of all, it gives specific information about a one-room school in Iowa (Prairie Lafayette Allamakee). It provides an excellent overview of most aspects of one-room school education and the rural community. Photographs of one-room schools around the state, graduating classes, and students at work are also included as well as record-keeping strategies and locations of other one-room schools around the state.
International Bureau of Education. (1961). The One-Teacher School: Research in Comparative Education. Geneva: International Bureau of Education Publication No. 228.
Based on a study done on one-room schools all over the world, this report covers and compares statistics and information relating to administration, length of schooling, organization of school work, curricula syllabuses and methods, teaching staff, and other general areas.
Kirkpatrick, Marion Greenleaf. (1917). The Rural School From Within. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company.
This book deals with the ways rural schools adapt to change in the rural society, such as the progression of hand-farming to farming by machine. It looks at the basics of the school from within and provides suggestions for change. Areas covered include managing girls and boys, the school board, the community meeting, music, stories, plays, training for leisure, and suggestions for general improvements.
McConathy, Osbourne, Miessner, W. Otto, et al. (1933). Music in Rural Education: A Program for the Teacher in One- and Two-Room Schools. Boston: Silver, Burdett, and Company.
McConathy, Osbourne, Miessner W. Otto, et al. (1937). Music in Rural Education. Boston: Silver, Burdett, and Company.
Both of these books, as their titles suggest, discuss the teaching of music in one-room schools.
National Education Association of the United States. (1939). Department of Rural Education Yearbook 1939: Community Resources in Rural Schools.
This report discusses philosophies and techniques involved in developing and using community resources.
National Education Association of the United States. (1897). Report of the Committee of Twelve on Rural Schools. Chicago: Chicago University Press.
Based on a study of 12 rural schools, this report contains information regarding school maintenance, supervision, supply of teachers, and instruction and discipline.
Ritter, Elmer L. (1950). Methods of Teaching in Town and Rural Schools. New York: Dryden Press.
This book provides a general overview and contains six parts. Part I includes an introduction which covers the function of school and general techniques. Part 11 details the subjects and the teaching approach for each. Part III provides a detailed description of elementary math. Part IV, V, and VI cover social studies, science, and development through the arts respectively.
Ritter, Elmer L. (1925). Rural School Methods. Chicago: Scribner's Sons.
This book gives detailed accounts of the teaching methods/strategies involved in teaching spelling, handwriting, language and literature, reading and literature, history, geography, arithmetic, music, domestic arts, citizenship, and hygiene.
Ruth, Amy. (1994). The Goldfinch. (16), 1. State Historical Society of Iowa.
This magazine (in labeled file folder) contains various information and photographs of one-room schools in Iowa. It is an excellent resource!
Seerley, Homer Horatio. (1913). The Country School: A Study of Its Foundations, Relations, Developments, Activities, and Possibilities. New York: Scribner's Sons.
This book provides on overview of life in a one-room school. It covers several areas including the purpose of education, country community, school life, what education can do, organization of school (record-keeping), schoolhouse and grounds, organization of community, the daily schedule, classroom management, system of tactics, exams, study, recitation, place of recreation, and other areas related to education and community.
Slacks, John Ross. (1938). The Rural Teacher's Work. Boston: Ginn.
This book provides an overview and is quite similar to Culter's and Eells' books.
Strang, Ruth May. (1943). Child Development and Guidance in Rural Schools. New York: Harper and Brothers.
This book focuses on some of the aims and purposes of education in rural schools. Topics include education through guidance, how to know children, conditions that make effective guidance possible, guidance in on-going activities, guidance through groups, and guidance through parents. It also presents record-keeping ideas, similar to the anecdotal records used today. While this book discusses rural education in general and is not completely specific to one-room schools, it still presents information that will be valuable for historical and philosophical comparisons regarding guidance and meeting student needs.
Weber, Julia. (1946). My Country School Days: An Adventure in Creative Teaching. New York: Harper & Brothers.
This book tells the story of a teacher and her four years of teaching in a one- room school. It discusses the process of getting to know the students, their changes, starting each new year, and all of the day-to-day occurrences.
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