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Morton Alpren, 83, Temple Professor

May 25, 2006
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Morton Alpren, 83, professor emeritus of Temple University, died Feb. 2.

Alpren retired in 1987 as senior professor of secondary education in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Education.

He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics at New York University, a master's degree at Columbia University in curriculum, and a doctorate in education in curriculum and supervision from the University of Florida where, he was a Phi Delta Kappa.

Alpren was the school supervisor in Bradford County, Fla., where he supervised curriculum and instruction, grades kindergarten to 12. He joined Temple University in 1954 as professor of curriculum theory and mathematics education.

He authored - as well as contributed to - many books and periodicals on curriculum theory, and educational administration and supervision, programs for gifted adolescents and programs for teacher education. His book, The Subject Curriculum: Grades K-12, has been widely used in the teaching of curriculum theory.

Alpren initiated and chaired development of numerous doctoral programs. In conjunction with these programs, he initiated and taught doctoral seminars in research and in curriculum theory. He served as major doctoral adviser for graduate students in mathematics education, curriculum and instruction.

Alpren also chaired many teams that evaluated school programs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, and was an active member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He was a consultant to numerous school districts on curriculum, mathematics, provisions for gifted students and team teaching.

Alpren, who served on the Pennsylvania State Curriculum Commission, initiated the Junior High School Mathematics Internship Project, and directed a National Science Foundation Institute to educate quality secondary-school science teachers.

In 1977, he was honored with the Lindback Award for outstanding teaching.

Alpren is survived by his wife, the former Selma Rothstein; daughter Judy Alpren; son Kenneth Alpren; stepdaughters Heidi Brown and Ilene Shore; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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