Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Adrian M. Dupuis

Second Advisor

Edward F. De Roche

Third Advisor

A.G. Thompson

Fourth Advisor

George Tipler


The Constitution of the United States deals with education implicitly under the term of "general welfare" of the people. The specific responsibility for educating the children of America rests with each of the 50 states in the United States. Our system of public schools has developed on the principle that education is a function for which all of the people of each state are responsible. All states have recognized this responsibility and have established various forms of state public school systems to meet this responsibility. Rapidly changing conditions in the United States mean that continued efforts are needed to improve educational opportunities available for all children. Formal systems for providing education must adapt to meet changing conditions. To provide the increasing number and kind of educational services, it has been necessary to make many changes in the structure of our public school systems, to create new devices and develop new approaches to the tasks to be performed, and to evolve a new and complex system of roles and relationships. While every segment of public education has been affected, the changes taking place are bringing rebirth and a new direction to one part of the system in particular--the intermediate unit.



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