Children's Social Values: An Action Research Study

By Arthur W. Foshay; Kenneth D. Wann | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 1
The Setting and the People

THIS STUDY was undertaken at a specific time, in a particular place, by a certain group of people. You should know something about Springfield and the people who live there.


Where We Work

Springfield, Missouri, is a city of approximately 65,000 people, in the Ozark Mountains. The nearest large population center is St. Louis, about two hundred miles northeast. Between St. Louis and Springfield, Highway 66 winds. through flat, fertile farm land for a while, then rises and falls as the Ozarks begin.

Highway 66 plays a large part in Springfield's life; it is the main trucking route from the Great Lakes area to the Southwest and Southern California. Springfield is an easy day's drive from St. Louis, and a number of large trucking concerns have Springfield headquarters.

Similarly, the Frisco Railroad (the St. Louis and San Francisco, which runs from Illinois to Texas) is a major local industry. The company maintains its yards and repair shops in Springfield, and recently both have been substantially enlarged. Wherever one is in Springfield, one can hear the

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