Scarfe, Neville Vincent

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Scarfe, Neville Vincent

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Neville Vincent Scarfe, UBC's first Dean of Education, was born in Essex, England, in 1908. He attended the University of London, graduating with first-class honours in geography. After teaching geography until 1935, Scarfe became Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Education at the University of London, where he remained until 1951. Internationally recognized for his research work in the teaching of geography and the principles and philosophy of education, he became Dean of Education at the University of Manitoba in 1951 and remained there for five years. In 1956, Scarfe became the founding Dean of Education at UBC. A consolidation of the Universityʹs School of Education and the Provincial Normal School had given rise to the new Faculty of Education. He continued to guide the faculty until his retirement in 1973. Throughout his career, Scarfe wrote over 100 articles and gave numerous speeches around the world on education. Always an advocate for educational reform, Scarfe was particularly critical of the Chant Report on Education (1961) findings.


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