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Degree Name:

Doctor of Education (EdD)


School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Department name when degree awarded

Educational Administration


S. George Ellsworth


This study is an attempt to search out and define, where possible, certain basic concepts in the educational philosophy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints during its first century from 1830 to 1930. Commonly known as the Mormon Church, the membership numbered approximately one million two hundred thousand in 1954. While concentrated largely in the Western United States area, it has many congregations across the United States and scattered in countries throughout the world. Showing an active interest in education, the Church has sponsored a program both formal and informal in nature. This program, with its accompanying philosophy has not only touched the lives of the Mormons but also many others, especially in the areas in the west where the Church membership forms a high percentage of many communities. The Mormon educational philosophy, therefore, should not be without consideration and is worthy of note in the total picture of education in the United States.