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Date of Award


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Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Willis N. Potter

First Committee Member

Clarence Reynolds

Second Committee Member

J. Marc Jantzen


The two foremost forces working for human betterment are the religious values and secular education. To assist in the attainment of these values, released-time religious instruction has been organized in many communities. The problem that naturally arises and needs evaluation in California is: What are the Nature and scope of released-time religious education in California?

California has permitted released-time religious education since 1943. The program has been carried on extensively. It is advisable than an evaluation be made. What are the nature and scope of released-time religious education in California up to and including May, 1948? How successfully has the arrangement operated, in the opinion of public school administrators?

The ultimate objectives that evolve in this investigation are: (1) To provide for workers and others interest in public education and in religious education, information regarding the historical background, and present status of released-time religious instruction in California.; (2) To furnish possible bases for revision and improvement of the released-time program as it now exists.

This evaluation of religious education in California will limit itself to released-time religious education as carried out in the elementary school system. The information secured is data, reactions and opinions of school administrators, because it is they who work intimately with the plan, and who have opportunities to evaluate its effectiveness in their particular school systems.



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