Fonds UBCA-ARC-1147 - Sperrin Chant fonds

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Sperrin Chant fonds

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6.5 cm of textual records

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Sperrin Noah Fulton Chant was born in St. Thomas, Ontario. After serving in the Canadian Expeditionary Force from 1916-1918, he enrolled at the University of Toronto, receiving a B.A. in 1922 and M.A. in 1924. He became a Psychology professor at the University of Toronto, where he remained until moving to the University of British Columbia as head of the Department of Philosophy and Psychology. Again his career was interrupted by service in World War II with the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1941 to 1944. In 1945 he was appointed Head of Psychology and Philosophy, and in 1948, he succeeded Daniel Buchanan as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science and served in this capacity until 1964. Chant played a leading role in post-secondary education in British Columbia by chairing the Academic Board. In 1958, Chant chaired the B.C. Royal Commission on Education, which investigated the curriculum and public schools administration. Published in 1961, the Chant Report resulted in numerous educational reforms in the province.

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The fonds consists of housekeeping correspondence from the Royal Commission on Education (B.C.), a few reports, and some printed material.

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