Arts, crafts, and rural rehabilitation: the Sisters of Charity, Halifax, and vocational education in Terence Bay, Nova Scotia, 1938-1942
Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca
Responding to rural poverty associated with the declining fishery, the rise of industrial capitalism, and the impact of the Great Depression, the Sisters of Charity, Halifax, implemented a vocational training program in weaving and carpentry in the small community of Terence Bay, Nova Scotia in 1938. Senator William Dennis, a proponent of the New Democracy Movement, financed the program. Because the Sisters based their claims to success on observed behavioural changes among the residents of Terence Bay, the program can be seen as an example of liberal therapeutics in education, a model that placed emphasis on achieving social goals rather than transferring discrete skills and capacities to pupils. Focusing on the years 1938-43, this paper outlines the rehabilitation efforts at Terence Bay, describes the programs the Sisters implemented, and evaluates the definitions of success ascribed to their training school just a few years later.
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Vocational training , Nova Scotia education , Sisters of Charity , Halifax , Social rehabilitation , William H. Dennis , Therapeutic craft , Terence Bay
Mullally, S., & MacDonald, H. (2016). Arts, crafts, and rural rehabilitation: The Sisters of Charity, Halifax, and vocational education in Terence Bay, Nova Scotia, 1938-1942. Historia de la Educacion, 35, 35-51. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14201/hedu2016.353551