The Civilian Conservation Corps as educational technology, 1933–1942
Jes Raul Cisneros, Northern Illinois University, United States
Northern Illinois University . Awarded
This historical study examined the Civilian Conservation Corps as an educational endeavor during the New Deal era. Specifically, it considered the CCC as an organization which utilized educational technologies of the day, while also serving as a mass medium to communicate what was possible through the New Deal to the American public at large. In the latter sense, the Civilian Conservation Corps was itself a form of educational technology.
In order to highlight the CCC's educational dimensions, this study examined certain topics such as the context of educational technology and the CCC during the Great Depression, the CCC and adult education, as well as instructional design within the camps. The roles played by CCC camp libraries and literacy were also considered, as well as instructional materials produced for the camps, and an instance of academic freedom vs. the banning of those materials. Finally, the application and innovative uses of the 1930s prominent educational media in the form of radio, film, visual instruction, and distance education through correspondence courses was also explored.
Cisneros, J.R. The Civilian Conservation Corps as educational technology, 1933–1942. Ph.D. thesis, Northern Illinois University.
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