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First Advisor

Leonard, Lloyd L.

Degree Name

M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Education


Elementary school principals; Education; Elementary--Curricula


The United States of America is presently being challenged by totalitarian ideologies which threaten the American way of life. The United States seeks to assure continuance of a free society where each person can grow and develop according to his abilities. The type of education a child receives plays a major role in this process. The supervising principal is an educational leader who has been entrusted with the guidance and supervision of the American educational system. His role in planning and developing curriculum and his knowledge of current curriculum development practices needs careful study and analysis. It was the purpose of this study to establish the supervising principal's role in curriculum development by examining the literature to (1) obtain on understanding of his responsibilities in planning and developing the curriculum; (2) determine the need for curriculum improvement, and (3) identify some currant curriculum development projects. The supervising principal's role requires a person who is healthy, intelligent, well-trained, energetic, community minded citizen that works closely with those concerned with the curricula needs of the child and society. From the procedures defined within the study, it is obvious that curriculum experiences provided children very among local school districts, that the length of time needed to develop a curriculum program vary, and that the leadership expectations, the methods and procedures needed to improve and upgrade the curriculum vary. The supervising principal's role calls special attention to his need for continuous training in the supervisory role; the necessity of having harmonious relationships with those involved in education, and understanding the parts each plays in the education process. It is the supervising principal's responsibility to assume the leadership role in planning and implementing a curriculum development program within his building; this will require him to organize and work with various types of committees and to keep himself informed as to current curriculum projects. Curriculum development is never completed. Changes will constantly be taking place in children's needs and community demands, and the vigilant supervising principal will be constantly striving to fulfill these needs and demands to the best of his ability.


Includes bibliographical references (leaf 61-69)


vi, 69 pages




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