An Experiential Project Examining the Dual Roles of Curriculum Director and Elementary Principal

Michael M. Perry, Western Michigan University


The objective of this experiential project was to examine the dual roles of curriculum director and elementary principal as they are carried out by the same person in the Comstock Public Schools.

Major areas examined were: goal development and attainment, textbook adoption, creation of innovative programs, and decision-making procedures.

The major mode of operation was to observe, question, and interact. The intern participated in daily administrative activities suggested by the principal/curriculum director and the intern himself. It was discovered that educational administration is a complex process that requires refined organizational skills and a mastery of the ability to establish priorities. Also, it was determined that the proper budgeting of time must include the anticipation of unexpected events that may cause the administrator to delay or alter a specific task. Finally, it was concluded that flexibility and persistence are essential traits of the successful administrator.