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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1939. Department of School Administration.
The problem of this thesis is to give the setting for, describe, analyze, and evaluate a five-year school interpretation program in a small Nebraska school. One of the most insistent and important functions of the school administrator is the interpretation of the educational program of his school to the taxpayers and patrons of his community.It is the hope of the author that by relating the procedures used in a particular situation in a public relations program, and by evaluating this program in the light of the best authority, some degree of benefit might result to the young superintendent who is confronted by the same problems. If the present degree of financial support given to the schools of Nebraska by our taxpayers is any indication of public interest and support, then certainly school interpretation by administrators in our state is of prime importance.
Two surveys were made of the community. The first was in 1933. This survey was for the purpose of learning the educational history of all students who had been enrolled in the high school between the years 1924-33.The result of this survey had much to do with the planning of the curriculum that was established in this school.
In 1936, at the close of the five-year term, the author decided to use the Ohiowa program as material upon which to base a thesis. At that time, a detailed survey was made of the community. Questionnaires were filled out by students, parents, and patrons. This study furnished much of the foundation material by which the program and its results in the community were measured.