Document Type


Date of Degree Completion


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Dr. Lyman M. Partridge

Second Committee Member

Miss Lillian M. Bloomer

Third Committee Member

Dr. E. E. Samuelson


The purpose if this paper was, first, to attempt to understand why speech did not have a major place in our school curriculum, secondly, to stimulate in the minds of teachers, principals and superintendents the recognition of their personal responsibility for setting up a program which would provide adequately for speech development beginning with the child’s first day of school and continuing on through his entire academic career. Third, to establish in my own mind the relative need of speech education in our own geographical area, to see if conditions there are comparable to those reported for the other parts of our nation, and to attempt to determine other classroom teachers’ opinion regarding the need of speech education in our classrooms.