Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy ETDs

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It is the purpose of this study: (1) to sketch the background of the general movement toward free textbooks in the various states of the United States; (2) to trace the movement toward free textbooks in New Mexico and to point out in particular the growth of the movement, the nature and source of opposition to the movement, the various agencies that sponsored such movement, the plans for raising revenue, methods of selections, and methods of distribution of free textbooks; (3) to compare methods and plans as developed in New Mexico with those of a few states that are leading in the movement to furnish free textbooks; and (4) to compare the practices of a few leading states that have had a number of years experience with problems of furnishing free textbooks, in order to discover suggestions that might lead to improvement in the service provided in New Mexico.

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Educational Leadership

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Department Name

Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy

First Committee Member (Chair)

John W. Diefendorf

Second Committee Member

Everett Hays Fixley

Third Committee Member

Dorothy Woodward