Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Educational Administration

Major Professor

Orin B. Graff

Committee Members

John W. Gilliland, Ira N. Chiles, Galen N. Drewry, George R. Brady


Introduction: The superintendents of several public school systems in East Tennessee met during the summer of 1959 to form an organization for the purpose of improving public schools through cooperative study and research. This organization was named "Public Schools for Cooperative Research" and soon came to be known as "PSCR." For a number of years such an organization had been the topic of many informal discussions in which superintendents visualized its possibilities and potentialities. Staff members of the Department of Educational Administration and Supervision in the University of Tennessee's college of Education also expressed a keen interest in this type organization and, serving as consultants, shared in its establishment and early development.

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