W. B. Owen

Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Bert Smith, Lee Francis, Arndt Stickles

Degree Program

School of Teacher Education

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The problem – A great number of pertinent and valuable contributions on the work of boards of education have been made emphasizing more particularly those aspects of establishment and organization, that are subject, more or less, to legislative action, and are consequently beyond control of the immediate board or its members. This study is concerned primarily with those phases of school board activity and relations that may be improved by the collective or individual efforts of the members constituting any board of education. They include the following:

  1. Relations with the community.
  2. Attitudes toward school administration and control.
  3. Cooperation with the state department of education.
  4. Conduct of official business.
  5. Personal training for school board membership.

Scope of the study – The treatment of matters relating to school boards and school board members, which is attempted in this brief study, is limited by its purpose as mentioned above. No attempt is made toward a pretentious effort involving a great amount of correspondence with or numerous statements from leading school board members and authorities on the subject. The discussion, except for Chapter II, “History and Development of Boards of Education,” and the statement of preferable conditions, is confined to the more intimate phases of school board activity and responsibility.


Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Leadership | Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration