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Education, Elementary--Iowa; Teachers--Iowa; Education, Elementary; Teachers; Iowa;


It was the purpose of this study (1) to investigate current practices in conducting teachers' meetings in some selected elementary schools in Iowa and the United States and (2) to formulate some guidelines that can help Filipino elementary school administrators and supervisors improve their practices in conducting teachers' meetings.

The questionnaire was the major research tool used to investigate current practices in conducting faculty meetings in selected elementary schools in Iowa. In the construction of this device, the first step undertaken by the researcher was to make an intensive review of the available literature on the subject. The purpose in doing this was to help determine the items to be included in the questionnaire. The questionnaires were sent to the original eighty school principals in Iowa who were selected to participate in this study. The study was limited to sixty schools whose principals returned completed questionnaires.

The following include the major findings of this study: 1. There was a tendency to use bulletins as a means of

reducing the number of faculty meetings. 2. Mondays and Wednesdays were the days most commonly chosen for holding these meetings, with no meetings ever held on Fridays and Saturdays. The great majority of the principals held their meetings after the close of the school in the afternoon with thirty to sixty minutes as the average length of these meetings. These findings are in agreement with information presented in the literature reviewed. 3. There was excellent teacher attendance during the entire school year as illustrated by the fact that in over one-third of the schools, the attendance was one hundred per cent. A major reason for this high level of attendance may have been the opportunities provided for full participation in the discussion. Apparently a wide variety of topics was included in the discussions and some attention was given to the newer practices and trends in education. 4. Over three-fourths of the respondents noted that an agenda was prepared prior to each meeting. It is important to note also that, according to the literature on faculty meetings, there is a trend toward the inclusion in the agenda items suggested by the teachers themselves. 5. Over three-fourths of the schools reporting indicated that they served refreshments at some or all meetings. This practice is supported by numerous suggestions made in the literature on faculty meetings. 6. There was evidence of some use of educational media such as the overhead projector, films, and tapes in giving vitality and meaning to faculty meetings. 7. In large part the faculty meetings were presided over regularly by the principal.

Although there are a number of implications in this study for faculty meetings in American schools, the primary purpose was to use the data gathered as a source of suggestions for improving faculty meetings in school systems of the Philippines. The apparent implications of this study are set forth in the guidelines under four headings: (1) Objectives of Faculty Meetings, (2) Planning the Meetings, (3} The Agenda, and (4) Conducting the Meetings.

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Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations, and Leadership Studies


Department of Education and Psychology

First Advisor

Frank Martindale


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