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Collection Title: Chilcoat (George W.) Freedom Summer Research Collection

Collection Number: M 382

Dates:1994 - 1999

Volume: .10 cu.ft.

Provenance: Dr. George W. Chilcoat and Professor Jerry A. Ligon

Donor: Dr. George W. Chilcoat (June 15, 2000) and Ms. Helen Kress (October 4, 2001)

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Dr. George William Chilcoat earned three academic degrees from Arizona State University (ASU). In 1972, he received a bachelor of arts (BA) in Latin American studies, history and political science, in 1975 a master of education (ME) in secondary education, Latin American history, and in 1983 a doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in secondary education, curriculum and instruction, social studies education.

Dr. Chilcoat's credentials as an educator are impressive. From 1975 - 1985 he taught American History, American Government and Free Enterprise at Greenway High School in Glendale, Arizona. During that time, he also taught night school classes for at-risk and gifted students. He served as assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington from 1985 - 1989, and began his career at Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1989, as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor at BYU in 1991, was granted tenure in 1993, and became full professor for the Department of Teacher Education in 1998.

Dr. Chilcoat has published extensively on subjects related to social studies, secondary education, curriculum and instruction, and teaching methodology. Among his writings are a number of articles regarding the Freedom Schools that were established during Mississippi Freedom Summer, 1964.

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of seven photocopied articles about Mississippi Freedom Schools published in scholarly education journals between 1994 and 1999. The articles were co-authored by Dr. George W. Chilcoat, of Brigham Young University, and Professor Jerry A. Ligon, of Eastern Illinois University. The articles are arranged chronologically.

The cover page from The Social Studies, a journal in which one of the articles was published, displays a Herbert Randall Freedom Summer photograph. An original of the same issue can be found in the Herbert Randall Freedom Summer Photograph Collection in McCain Library and Archives.

Related Collection:

M 351 Randall (Herbert) Freedom Summer Photographs, 1964-2001

Container List

Folder 1 “Developing Democratic Citizens: The Mississippi Freedom Schools as a Model for Social Studies Instruction,” Theory and Research in Social Education (XXII:2, Spring 1994, 128-175).
Folder 2 “We Will Teach What Democracy Really Means By Living Democratically Within Our Own Schools," Education and Culture (XI:3, Spring 1995, 1-19).
Folder 3 “Theatre as an Emancipatory Tool: Classroom Drama in the Mississippi Freedom Schools,” Journal of Curriculum Studies (XXX:5, 1998, 515-543).
Folder 4 “We Talk Here. This Is a School for Talking.’ Participatory Democracy from the Classroom out into the Community: How Discussion Was Used in the Mississippi Freedom Schools,” Curriculum Inquiry (XXVIII:2, 1998, 165-193).
Folder 5 “Notes on Teaching in Mississippi,” Democracy & Education (Fall 1999, 44-51).
Folder 6 “Helping to Make Democracy a Living Reality’: The Curriculum Conference of the Mississippi Freedom Schools,” Journal of Curriculum and Supervision (XV:1, Fall 1999, 43-68).
Folder 7 “Discussion as a Means for Transformative Change: Social Studies Lessons from the Mississippi Freedom Schools,” The Social Studies (92:5, September/October 2001, 213-219).


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