Publication Date


Document Type


First Advisor

Senteney, George W.

Degree Name

M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Industry and Technology


Industrial arts--Study and teaching; High schools--Curricula


Purpose of the study. One major purpose of this study was to provide information concerning the distinctive characteristics of male students participating in industrial arts during their junior/senior years at Wheaton Community High School, Wheaton, Illinois, and completing high school graduation retirements in June, 1961. Another major purpose was to compare these identified characteristics of junior/senior industrial arts students with other male students at the Wheaton Community High School. Source of Data and Method of Study. Data were collected from students' personal cumulative record cards from the guidance department of the high school. Information drawn from these record cards included the scores of the Differential Aptitude Test, five tests included in the Illinois Statewide High School Testing Program, students' rank in graduating class, level of academic achievement in high school required courses, participation in extracurricular activities, and fathers' occupations. For purpose of analysis the students were divided into three groups. These groups were: 1) industrial arts students with a record of failure in one or more courses, 2) industrial arts students failing no courses and 3) students not enrolled in industrial arts. The upper and lower 27 percent of these groups were also analyzed and compared. Statistical analysis was accomplished by the use of Fisher's "t" Test and the Chi Square Median Test. Summary. Significant differences were found to exist between the mean of the scores on all tests of each of the industrial arts groups and the students not enrolled in industrial arts with the exception of the upper percent of intelligence quotients of the industrial arts non-failure groups and the group not enrolled in industrial arts. Significant differences were also found to exist between the Industrial arts groups and the group not enrolled in industrial arts with respect to grade point ratios in required courses. When comparing rank in class, significant differences existed between the two industrial arts groups, however, this was not true whom industrial arts non-failure group was compared with group not enrolled in industrial arts. A small percentage of industrial arts failure students participated in extracurricular activities while a much higher percentage of the non-failure group did not participate in extracurricular activities. Many fathers of the students in the industrial arts failure group were in the skilled, semiskilled and unskilled occupations. Conclusions. Junior/senior industrial arts students are generally of lower ability with respect to the level of intelligence and academic achievement. Thus the junior/senior industrial arts students are characteristically different when compared to junior/senior students not enrolled in industrial arts.


Includes bibliographical references.


vii, 54 pages




Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

Media Type