Call for Submissions for Dorothy Howard Folklore and Education Prize
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
Howard Folklore and Education Prize
for Submissions - Deadline August 31, 2012
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
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.
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 criteria:
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
prize amount is $100, and the deadline for submissions is August 31, 2012
Electronic submission is encouraged but not mandatory.
send nomination statements (and your questions) via email to Susan Eleuterio,
2012 Dorothy Howard Prize Committee Chair at Sueeleu@gmail.com Mail copies of resources to
3646 Ridge Road, Highland IN 46322
recipient of the 2012 Dorothy Howard Prize will be honored at the annual
Folklore and Education section meeting during the American Folklore Society
conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, Oct. 24-28, 2012.