Ella Victoria Dobbs (1866-1952)
A commitment to the wider use of manual arts in the kindergarten led Dobbs to
work for more continuity of curriculum in the elementary school. Dobbs made many other contributions to education. She was a founding member and president ( 1915-1925) of the National Council of Primary Education; professor and department chairperson in the Department of Applied Arts which she
created at the University of Missouri, and she developed a complete curriculum for
handwork in the elementary school as a separate division of applied arts. She was
a founding member of Pi Lambda Theta ( president, 1921-1925), Columbia Missouri's first parent-teachers group, the Equal Suffrage Association, and a branch
of the League of Women Voters; and served as president of the Missouri State
Teachers Association ( 1925). In 1923 Pi Lambda Theta initiated the Ella Victoria
Dobbs scholarship for advanced study in education. The Women's Centennial Congress in 1940 honored her as one of 100 women who succeeded in careers not open
to women in 1840; and she was honored by Missouri as a leader in achieving
women's suffrage and by the Association for Childhood Education as a leader in'
early childhood education. In addition, she was an accomplished author and lecturer. Dobbs believed that teachers should experiment to improve methods and use
applied arts projects to teach content across the curriculum. She worked to help
teachers become involved, interested, and committed to community and educational activities.
|61. || Primary Handwork. New York: Macmillan, 1914. Describes artwork projects
for young children to be used with various curriculum areas.|
|62. || Illustrative Handwork for Elementary School Subjects. New York: Macmillan, 1917. A comprehensive book for teachers that discusses how to use handwork across the curriculum, detailed directions for using a variety of
materials; four types of activities -- posters, illustrated books, table representations, and illustrative construction; student textbooks in a variety of
subject areas and relates to the projects; and a list of projects. Most relevant today in light of integrated curriculum. Perhaps Dobbs was years'
ahead of her time?|
|63. || Our Playhouse. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1924. Written for second grade
children, this book presents a detailed description of how a group of children planned and built a playhouse. Presents a brief discussion for teachers at the end telling how they can use the book with children.|