|M.Sc Student||Levy Yacov|
|Subject||The Effect of a Course for Principals on the Building|
Process and Quality of Time Tables
|Department||Department of Education in Science and Technology||Supervisor||Mr. Michael Moore (Deceased)|
The quality of the timetable is a crucial factor in the school routine, and can affect the achievements of pupils and teachers, as well as influence the school atmosphere and the motivation of pupils and teachers to learn and to teach. Timetable preparation is an extremely complicated task, which combines pedagogical with technical aspects. Despite this recognized fact, there is no framework for training principals in order to enable them to effectively balance the pedagogical needs and the technical constraints
Over the course of my professional experience, I was responsible, for the task of scheduling the timetable for ten years. Based on my experience, I have developed a timetabling course for school principals.
The course exposed the participants to the technical facet of the subject, and showed how different decisions taken in the framework of the pedagogical program might contradict each other and prevent proper timetabling. The course provided the principals with various tools to help them to identify design flaws and to prepare a pedagogical program that is more likely to achieve proper implementation, provide formulae for calculating the school budget efficiently, and also introduce methods of how to “market” the completed timetable to the teachers, the pupils, and their parents.
When the course was over, I interviewed its participants.
The conclusion, based on the results of the research, is that timetabling skills can be acquired through participation in a timetabling course, and that these skills translate into scheduling processes, and timetables whichare perceived as more effective and more productive. Thus, it seems that such acourse should be a built-in element of every principal’s training program.