Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Each school in South Dakota and for that matter each school in the United States has its particular problems in the administration, organization, operation, and supervision of each school. Many of the problems are similar or related while others pertain only to local situations. Large schools may have entirely different problems from very small schools yet some of their problems may be the same. Schools may have similar problems depending upon such things as size, geographical location, prosperity of the community, industry of the community, nationwide economic conditions, and races or nationalities in the community. The administration, supervision, organization, and operation of schools may run into such problems as: classroom methods, curriculum construction, pupil and teacher evaluation, college preparation, educational guidance, class and extracurricular activities scheduling, etc. It is logical to believe that there would be more similarity in the nature and scope of the problems in schools of somewhat the same size than there would be for schools of huge enrollment differences. In this state, there are one hundred schools east of the Missouri River with enrollments of from fifty to one hundred twenty. These schools have many similar and dissimilar problems both large and small. One of the more important problems is the efficient and satisfactory use of school time. Many or possibly most of the high school students and teachers feel that there just is not enough time during the school day to get all of the academic requirements and extracurricular activities done to a point of self-satisfaction. If the school day is haphazardly organized as to the class and extracurricular activities schedule; much time, talent, and effort is wasted and the ultimate objectives of education are harder to obtain. These aims then seem to be more theoretical than realistic. To get the maximum value from the time available in a school day is a practice which many educators have tried or wished to establish. This study is concerned with the scheduling of school time, for the regular classes and the extracurricular activities, in these one hundred schools. Attention is also given to such matters as size of classes, number of classes, time of day extracurricular activities are held, subjects offered, subjects alternated, required subjects and other matter pertinent to the subject of scheduling.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

High schools -- South Dakota


Includes bibliographical references



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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