CFP: Dorothy Howard Folklore and Education Prize
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
Dorothy Howard (1902-1996) grew up in the
Progressive Era, receiving a teaching degree from the North Texas Normal
College (now the University of North Texas) in 1923. During her career as a
teacher and principal in Texas, New York, and New Jersey, Howard integrated
folklore into her curriculum by having students collect and study playground
chants and jingles as a way of introducing them to poetry; research their names
and their meanings to study spelling; and write about such traditions as
ravioli making to develop their writing skills. Howard's interest in children's
folklore and education enabled her to bridge a gap between the Victorian
"armchair" study of children's culture with the field-based studies
that folklorists conduct today. In 1938 she received her doctorate in education
with a study of games that combined these two styles of study. Her pioneering
work shows us that folklore can be used in the curriculum in a way that is rich
and meaningful. The Dorothy Howard Prize honors both Howard and those who have
followed her lead in folklore and education.
The prize competition is open to individuals
and organizations whose work effectively encourages K-12 educators or students
to use or study folklore and folkloristic approaches in all educational environments.
Such works include but are not limited to curriculum materials, publications,
audio and video recordings, multimedia publications, web sites, and exhibits.
Works produced in the two calendar years prior to the annual AFS meeting are
Nominations should identify the author(s) or
creator(s), publisher, and date of publication and describe why the nomination
deserves consideration. Statements should not exceed three double-spaced pages.
Anyone may nominate work by submitting a nomination statement plus three copies
of the resource. In the case of web-based resources, send the url. In the case
of particularly extensive or expensive materials (e.g., multimedia kits), a
single copy may be submitted. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of the
- Does the product add significantly to the
body of folklore and education literature or resources?
- Is the material appropriate for intended
age groups and subject focus?
- Do the materials have the potential to
engage their intended audience fully?
The prize amount is $100, and the deadline
for submissions is September 20, 2013. Electronic submission is encouraged but
Please send nomination statements (and your
questions) via email to Lisa Rathje at firstname.lastname@example.org. You
may also contact the committee at this address to get information about how to
submit hard copies of materials if they are not available electronically.
The recipient of the 2013 Dorothy Howard
Prize will be honored at the annual Folklore and Education section meeting
during the American Folklore Society conference in Providence, RI Oct 16-19,