Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. George G. Mallinson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The Problem and Its Background

The Place of World History in Secondary Education

The study of world history has great significance in our secondary schools. In an age of persistent world crisis, the importance of the skills, information, and powers of analysis that may be acquired through the study of world history is deemed essential by many educators. The fact of its presence in the curriculum is in itself evidence that world history is considered important. In the most recent survey available from the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare

it was noted that world history is "quite frequently the social studies course offered to tenth-grade pupils, and as such is replacing ancient and medieval history… "1 An increase of 4.3 percent in enrollment in world history was noted, from 1934

to 1949.2 World history, as of the end of the 1949 school year, had an enrollment equal to 16.2 percent of all pupils in the last four years or high school.3