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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1943. Department of School Administration.


Copyright 1943, the author. Used by permission.


The primary purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum program developed for the Waco, Nebraska, High School in 1942-43.The study surveys the procedures used in developing the curriculum with a focus on: (1) Utilization of an understanding of the educational situation at Waco, (2) Determination of the educational objectives in the light of the accepted educational philosophy and the local problem, (3) Establishment of the teacher-pupil planning curriculum.

The author proposed a curriculum for Waco High School that was developed as a program fitted to the needs of the students and of the community and representative of the current educational philosophy.The curriculum procedure developed in theory, for Waco was patterned after the curriculum procedure reported by H.H. Giles as “teacher-pupil planning.”

The curriculum was installed in the fall of 1942 by means of (1) pre-school opening teachers’ meetings, (2) supervisory program centered in faculty committee organization, (3) special curriculum building teachers’ meetings, (4) curriculum building activities of the teacher committee on curriculum revision. The use of student reactions to the program in combination with parent and patron responses to questionnaires and interviews were used as a means of evaluating the teacher-pupil planning curriculum of Waco High School.

Based on the responses received, the author concluded that overall the curriculum was very adjustable and sensitive to pupils and community. This was particularly valuable by those interviewed, because of the time period, as schools needed to be sensitive to the problems a community faced amid a world at war.

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