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Walter Alexander Anderson


Walter Alexander Anderson, American educator.


Anderson, Walter Alexander was born on September 20, 1903 in Alexandria, Minnesota, United States. Son of John Frederick and Mary (McFarlane) Anderson.


Student, St. Cloud Teachers College, 1922-1925, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, University of Minnesota, 1928-1931, Doctor of Education, Columbia, 1937.


Teacher rural schools, Minnesota, 1923-1924. Junior high school teacher St. Cloud, 1925-1928. Assistant in education, University of Minnesota, 1929-1930.

Assistant, director curriculum department, Minneapolis Public Schools, 1930-1935. Instructor St. Cloud Teachers College, 1935. Assistant in education, Teachers College, Columbia, 1935-1937.

Assistant professor education, Northwestern University, 1937-1942. Dean, School of Education, Montana State University, 1942-1945, vice president, 1943-1944, director summer sessions, 1943-1945. General assistant superintendent Minneapolis public schools, 1945-1947.

Professor education, department chairman administration and supervision, New York University, 1947-1957, associate dean school education, 1956-1959, dean school education, since 1959. Research consultant education New York Education Department, 1952-1953, 56-57, 59-60. Chairman editorial board Library of Education.


  • Co-author: Unit Scales of Attainment. Life Adjustment Series. (year books) John Dewey Society, 1940, Council of Teachers of Social Studies, 1944, Associate for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1945.

    Co-author: Action for Curriculum Improvement, 1951. The Workshop Handbook, 1943. Administrative Behavior in Education, 1957.

    A Survey of National Higher Education in Korea, 1960. Public Education in America, 1961. A Survey of Teacher Education Needs in Iran, 1962.

    Numerous reports and surveys.


Member, vice president Board Education, Edgemont Greenville Scarsdale, New York. Member American Association University Professors, American Association Colls. for Teacher Education (president-elect 1963, Executive Committee), International Council on Educating Teachers (Executive Committee), American Education Research Association, National Conference professors Education Administration, (chairman 1955-1956), American Association School Adminstrs., National Education Association, Association Supervision and Curriculum Development (president 1948-1950). U. Council Ednl. Administration (president 1958-1960), Northwestern Association Secondary and High Schools (commission high education 1943-1945), John Dewey Society, American Council on Education (coordinator intergroup education in cooperating schools, 1945-1947), St. Andrews Society of New York, Horace Mann League, Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, Acacia.

Clubs: Faculty (New York University), New York University (New York City).


Married Dorothy Alice Drum, June 17, 1932. Children: Carol Jean (Mistress William P. Leonard), Judith Ann (now Mistress Steven C. Hause).

John Frederick Anderson

Mary (McFarlane) Anderson

Dorothy Alice Drum

Carol Jean Anderson (Mistress William P. Leonard)

Judith Ann Anderson (now Mistress Steven C. Hause)