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Doctor of Education (EdD)



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The purpose of this study was to trace the evolution of the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Nevada from the time of territorial organization in 1861 to the present date with emphasis on the role of the superintendency, definition of the role, the public's perceptions and actual execution of the position; The study showed the various stages of progress and change which the Office has undergone in its four distinct periods of growth. It identified five distinct factors which have influenced the State Superintendent's role during each of the four periods. The five factors were: (1) level of authority based on statutes, (2) personal power of the individual holding office, (3) educational funding, (4) local vs. state control of education, and (5) transportation and technology. Each of these factors had been of significance, to various degrees, throughout the history of the state superintendent's office. This study also detailed the problems, confusions, and lack of authority which were prevalent during each of the four periods; In presenting this particular study the writer concentrated on four distinct phases of development: (1) the territorial period between 1861-1864, (2) beginning of statehood from 1864-1907, when each county had its duly elected county superintendent of schools, (3) the intermediate period from 1907-1949 when the Reorganization Act of 1907 was established and implemented along with the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, and (4) the modern period from 1950-1984 when the state went from 207 school districts to 17 districts; Each period was considered separately with a direct focus on the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.


Description; Evolution; History; Instruction; Job; Nevada; Office; Perceptions; Public; Role Significance; State; Superintendent

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Education; History

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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