Dorothy Howard Folklore and Education Prize Nominations Due in September
Monday, July 28, 2014
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 eligible.
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 following
- Does the product add significantly to the body of folklore
and education literature or resources?
- Is the material appropriate for intended age groups and
- Do the materials have the potential to engage their intended
The prize amount is $100, and the deadline for submissions
is September 22, 2014. Electronic submission is encouraged but not mandatory.
Please send nomination statements (and your questions) to
Nelda Ault, neldarenae@gmail. You may also contact the committee at this address
to get information about how to submit hard copies of materials if they are not
The recipient of the 2014 Dorothy Howard Prize will be
honored at the annual Folklore and Education section meeting during the
American Folklore Society conference in Santa Fe on November 5 - 8, 2014.