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THE UNIVERSITY 

OF ILLINOIS 

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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS BULLETIN 

Issued Weekly 
Vol. XXI September 17, 1923 No. 3 

[Entered as second-class matter December 1 1, 1012, at the post office at Urbana, Illinois, under the 
Act of August 24, 1912. Acceptance for mailing at the special rate of postage provided for in 
section 1 103, Act of October 3, 1917, authorized July 31, 1918.] 



EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH CIRCULAR NO. 21 



BUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH 
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE BUREAU 

OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH 

FOR 1923-24 

By 
Walter S. Monroe 

Director, Bureau of Educational Research 




PUBLISHED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS 
URBANA 



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Announcement of the Bureau of Educational Research 

for 1923-24 

Resume of activities during the school year 1922-23. In 

September, 1922, the Bureau of Educational Research inaugurated 
the publication of a series of educational research circulars. A begin- 
ning had been made during the previous year by issuing eleven mimeo- 
graphed statements relating to educational topics. The circulars for 
the past school year have been more pretentious than these earlier 
statements, have been issued in printed form, and as the titles listed 
below indicate, have treated various subjects. It is our intention to 
use them for non-technical discussions of topics of current interest. 
Some issues will be devoted to summarizing and interpreting re- 
search. Others will merely make available in a convenient form 
information for which there appears to be a need. 

In addition to the educational research circulars the Bureau has 
published a number of bulletins giving an account of the research 
work which has been carried on by members of its staff. Altho some 
of these bulletins may appear to have less immediate practical value 
than certain of the circulars, they represent fundamental research. 
Such work is necessary in the development of the science of educa- 
tion. 

The list of publications issued during the school year of 1922- 
23 follows: 

Educational Research Circulars 

No. 12. Monroe, Walter S. Announcements of the Bureau of Educa- 
tional Research for 1922-23. 

No. 13. Monroe, Walter S. Definitions of the Terminology of Ed- 
ucational Measurements. 

No. 14. Streitz, Ruth. Gifted Children and Provisions for Them in 
Our Schools. 

No. 15. Monroe, Walter S. Educational Tests for Use in Elementary 

Schools. 
No. 16. Odell, Charles W. The Effect of Attendance Upon School 

Achievement. 



No. 17. Mohlman, Dora Keen. The Elementary School Principal- 
ship. 

No. 18. Monroe, Walter S. Educational Tests for Use in High 

Schools. 
No. 19. Streitz, Ruth. Provisions for Exceptional Children in 191 

Illinois Cities. 
No. 20. McClusky, Frederick Dean. Place of Moving Pictures in 

Visual Education. 

Educational Research Bulletins 

No. 9. Monroe, Walter S. Written Examinations and Their Im- 
provement. 

No. 10. Bureau of Educational Research. Relation of Size of Class 
to School Efficiency. 

No. 11. Monroe, Walter S. Relation of Sectioning a Class to the 
Effectiveness of Instruction. 

No. 12. Odell, Charles W. The Use of Intelligence Tests as a Basis 
of School Organization and Instruction. 

No. 13. Monroe, Walter S., and Foster, I. 0. The Status of the So- 
cial Sciences in the High Schools of the North Central 
Association. 

No. 14. Monroe, Walter S., and Carter, Ralph E. The Use of Dif- 
ferent Types of Thought Questions in Secondary Schools 
and Their Relative Difficulty for Students. 

During the past two years an effort has been made to bring 
members of the staff of the Bureau of Educational Research into 
more intimate contact with the public schools of the state. This phase 
of our activities is materially increasing. Miss Ruth Streitz has vis- 
ited a total of twenty-two school systems during the past year in 
connection with our study of the "teachers' difficulties and their 
remedies." In most cases she has spent an entire day observing the 
work of the teachers and conferring with them in regard to the diffi- 
culties which they were encountering and the teaching devices which 
they were finding successful. Frequently Miss Streitz has been in- 
vited to address groups of teachers. 

Forthcoming bulletins. The research work of one year natur- 
ally provides the bulletins published during the next. The following 



bulletins are nearing completion and will be published early in the 

present school year. 

Odell, C. W. The Progress and Elimination of School Children in 

Illinois. 

(This investigation is the result of a study of the individual records of ap- 
proximately 70,000 Illinois school children.) 

Monroe, Walter S., and Souders, L. B. The Present Status of Writ- 
ten Examinations. 

Mohlman, Dora Keen. An Investigation of the Study Habits of High 
School Children. 

Streitz, Ruth. Teachers' Difficulties and Their Remedies. 

(This bulletin will be confined to arithmetic and reading.) 
Monroe, Walter S. The Constant and Variable Errors in Educational 

Measurements. 
Monroe, Walter S. Experimentation as a Method of Educational 

Research. 

Forthcoming educational research circulars. It is not possi- 
ble at this time to make a definite announcement concerning very 
many of the educational research circulars which will be issued. In 
the past the topics frequently have been suggested by communica- 
tions received during the year. The preparation of the following cir- 
culars has, however, progressed to the point where their publication 
may be announced. 
Odell, Charles W. Provisions for the Individual Differences of High 

School Pupils. 
Monroe, Walter S. Educational Guidance. 
Streitz, Ruth. Educational Diagnosis. 

Projects proposed for 1923-24. Our plans for the coming 
school year are included in the following projects. As the work de- 
velops, these projects may be modified in any way that seems wise 
or additional projects undertaken. However, this announcement will 
serve to acquaint the people of the state with our proposed activities. 

Project 1. Collection of difficulties encountered in teaching 
and methods of overcoming these difficulties. This is a continu- 
ation of a project of last year. So far our attention has been confined 
mostly to reading and arithmetic. We hope to extend it to other 
subjects. In connection with this study a number of school systems 



will be visited by Miss Streitz and probably by other members of the 
Bureau staff. The director of the Bureau will welcome communica- 
tions from those who encounter difficulties in teaching any elementary 
school subject or who are using devices which seem to be effective 
in overcoming difficulties. 

Project 2. Investigation of the study habits of high school 
pupils. This investigation was initiated two years ago but it seems 
wise to continue it for another year. The precise problem which will 
be undertaken has not been determined. The Director of the Bureau 
of Educational Research will be glad to hear from any superintendent 
or principal who is interested in cooperating with him in continuing 
this investigation. 

Project 3. School surveys. A year ago we announced as one 
of our projects the preparation of specifications for self surveys. As 
this work developed it seems wise to concentrate our attention on 
one particular phase of a survey, namely, the progress and elimina- 
tion of pupils. Therefore, an investigation was conducted in which a 
considerable number of school systems cooperated. The results of 
this investigation will be published shortly in bulletin form. Specifi- 
cations for self surveys will be continued. 

A few superintendents have indicated a desire to have the 
Bureau of Educational Research direct a survey of their school sys- 
tem. If plans can be formulated which are mutually satisfactory the 
Bureau hopes to undertake the direction of a limited number of sur- 
veys during the coming year. The Director of the Bureau will be 
glad to hear from any superintendents who are interested in this 
type of service. 

Project 4. Educational and vocational guidance of high 
school students. During the coming year we shall initiate an inves- 
tigation relating to the educational and vocational guidance of high 
school students, and shall wish to secure the cooperation of as many 
high schools in the state as possible. A detailed announcement of 
our plans will be sent out at an early date. 

Services to school systems of the state. Altho the primary 
function of the Bureau of Educational Research is to conduct inves- 
tigations and bring them to the attention of the school people of the 



state, we hope also to render more immediate and direct services. 
Attention has already been called to the visits to schools. The Direc- 
tor will be glad to hear from superintendents and principals who 
would welcome visits from members of the Bureau staff. He is par- 
ticularly anxious to get in touch with those schools, both elementary 
and secondary, which are doing unusual things or which are doing 
ordinary things unusually well. When a visit to a school system is 
directly connected with some research problem of the Bureau of Ed- 
ucational Research the school will not be asked to defray any of the 
expenses of such a visitation. 

Miss Ruth Streitz, an Associate in the Bureau of Educational 
Research, has had experience in dealing with exceptional children. 
She will answer any letters and, when her other duties permit, will 
visit schools where an attempt is being made to give special assist- 
ance to exceptional children. 

Distribution of publications. This year we have materially 
enlarged our mailing list for the distribution of both educational re- 
search circulars and the research bulletins. All who receive this an- 
nouncement are included in the list. As our publications are miscel- 
laneous in character and as all of them are not of interest to all per- 
sons, we have classified our mailing list on the basis of the probable 
interest of the persons included. Each bulletin or circular will be 
mailed to all the groups who in our judgment will be interested in the 
publication. In case one does not receive a bulletin or circular which 
he desires, a copy will be mailed upon request. 

We shall be glad to add to our mailing list any teachers, elemen- 
tary school principals, or other persons who would like to receive 
some or all of our educational research circulars. In particular, we 
shall welcome the names of the presidents or other members of boards 
of education in Illinois. A number of extra copies of each educational 
research circular and bulletin are printed and these will be furnished 
to superintendents and principals who wish to secure additional 
copies for distribution among their teachers. During the past year 
requests have frequently come from superintendents and principals 
who wished to make a circular the basis of one or more of their 
teachers' meetings. There will be no charge to principals and super- 
intendents of Illinois for additional copies of any of our publications, 
or to other residents for single copies. 



CIRCULARS OF THE BUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL 
RESEARCH, COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, UNI- 
VERSITY OF ILLINOIS, URBANA, ILLINOIS 



No. 12. Monroe, Walter S. Announcements of the Bureau of Educa- 
tional Research for 1922-23. 

No. 13. Monroe, Walter S. Definitions of the Terminology of Edu- 
cational Measurements. 

No. 14. Streitz, Ruth. Gifted Children and Provisions for Them in 
Our Schools. 

No. 15. Monroe, Walter S. Educational Tests for Use in Elementary 
Schools. 

No. 16. Odell, Charles W. The Effect of Attendance Upon School 
Achievement. 

No. 17. Mohlman, Dora Keen. The Elementary School Principal- 
ship. 

No. 18. Monroe, Walter S. Educational Tests for Use in High Schools. 

No. 19. Streitz, Ruth. Provisions for Exceptional Children in 191 
Illinois Cities. 

No. 20. McClusky, Frederick Dean. Place of Moving Pictures in 
Visual Education. 

No. 21. Monroe, Walter S. Announcement of the Bureau of Educa- 
tional Research for 1923-24. 

A limited number of copies of these educational circulars are available for free 
distribution to superintendents and teachers in Illinois. We shall be glad to add to 
our mailing list for these circulars the names of any teachers or superintendents who 
care to receive them regularly. We shall be glad also to send additional copies of any 
circular to superintendents or principals for distribution among their teachers. Ad- 
dress all communications to the Bureau of Educational Research, University of 
Illinois. 



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