Discussion of the teaching of any research subject involves preliminary consideration of the position of the educational institution in relation to that of other agencies concerned with the advancement of research. Viewed from the standpoint of one surveying the work of investigation as now expressed in this country, we may divide our greater research agencies tentatively into five groups.
Without assuming to present a complete or exact classification, these are: (1) research of practical application in engineering laboratories; (2) governmental bureaus and laboratories; (3) research foundations; (4) museums and allied institutions; (5) educational institutions. To these five a complete statement would add several of lesser magnitude, among which a very potent force is found in effort of individuals working privately, as has been done to the great advantage of science by many pioneers in investigation.
In order to make clear the position of educational institutions with relation to the other . . .