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Master of Science in Education (MSEd)




The purpose of this study was to discover the extent and nature of the leadership role of the elementary school principal in the development of school library programs. A review of the literature revealed general agreement that the principal should assume a leadership role in the development of the school library, and is in a strategic position to do so. Questionnaires were sent to ninety-one elementary principals in the following countries of Southeast Kansas: Allen, Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Mongomery, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson; seventy-three were returned. According to answers received on the questionnaire, elementary principals in Southeast Kansas do manifest a leadership role in the development of school libraries, so the writer had only two suggestions to make: 1. All principals should arrange for in-service activities to help teachers use the library more efficiently. 2. All principals should insist that a professional library collection for teachers be kept in the library.


57 leaves ; 28 cm. Bibliography: leaves 56-57.



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