The development of educational specifications for a primary school

Lee, Frank Severn (1972) The development of educational specifications for a primary school. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This project was designed to develop and illustrate the implementation of a process of educational facility planning in a selected school district in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As a secondary aim, it attempted to provide for the primary teachers of that district a comprehensive program of in-service education and to fulfill this aim by involving them, along with school board members, administrators, parents and other school personnel, directly in the planning of a primary school for the town of Grand Falls. -- A definite plan of action was developed and approval was received from the Exploits Valley Integrated School Board to institute the project in its district. A steering committee was first appointed and given the responsibility of completing the organizational form of the project and generally administering it. This group then appointed ten sub-committees each of which studied and prepared, in the standard form provided by the steering committee, reports on designated areas of the new school. To assist them in preparing their reports, sub-committees were provided printed and other types of audio-visual materials and opportunities to visit curriculum projects in action or to meet with specialists in specific curriculum areas. All sub-committee reports were studied by the steering committee and used to write educational specifications for the proposed school. -- Upon completion of the project, it was felt that it was successful both in terms of its end product--the educational specifications--and of the process by which the educational specifications were written. Recommendations to persons contemplating a similar process of educational facility planning emphasized the successful aspects of this process. These included (1) an adequate supply of printed and other audio-visual materials, (2) a suggested outline for sub-committee reports, (3) a high degree of participation, and (4) a flexible organizational form. A building needs survey, to determine both the quality and quantity of facilities required, was stressed as being necessary before the actual planning of facilities is begun. -- Recommendations to assist educational planners on a provincial basis pointed to the following needs: -- 1. for each school district to prepare and have available a comprehensive master plan of its educational needs for at least a ten-year period. -- 2. for additional planning personnel to be attached to school district offices, to regional educational offices and to the provincial Department of Education. -- 3. for long-range planning and financial commitment on the part of the provincial government. -- 4. for closer attention by educational planners to the needs of youth as reflected in the school curriculum. -- 5. for a high degree of co-operation in planning between school districts and the various institutions of higher education in the province.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/7105
Item ID: 7105
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 205-211.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1972
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: School buildings

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