Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1970

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Lloyd M. Gabriel

Second Committee Member

James M. Monasmith

Third Committee Member

Warren I. Starr


The problem presented in this thesis is threefold. Taken together, these items present the bulk of work for any person attempting curriculum evaluation at the local level:

1. Meaningful evaluative information must be obtained. Instead of glib and generalized assumptions about what ought to be, one should achieve specific information relevant to the researcher as well as his departmental colleagues.

2. The information must relate to other studies so that a larger curriculum analysis will result. If the soundest method of national evaluation is to create concrete building blocks locally, these individual studies must mesh to provide something larger and more meaningful. As often stated mathematically, "the whole must equal more than the sum of its parts."

3. Some sort of tested instrument which is valid and reliable must be redesigned to fit local needs. The tool chosen for this study presented some serious drawbacks at the beginning which were overcome through a variety of additions, deletions, and revisions. The "System for Analyzing Social Science Curricula" prepared by Irving Morrissett (in collaboration with William Stevens, Jr.) was obviously intended for use in the social studies area. Some semantic changes were necessary in order to convert the system to language arts but most of these changes were "mental" and of minor consequence.