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Crank, Floyd L.||Cambridge, R. W.

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Business Education


High schools--Alumni and alumnae; Business education--Study and teaching; Office practice


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of tha present offiea practice course at Kaneland High School. To find how effective the course is, the following questions had to be answered: 1. Do the office practice graduates possess the necessary skills and knowledges for obtaining employment? 2. What areas of subject matter covered in office practice were most valuable to the graduates? 3. What areas of subject matter that were not included in the office practice course do the graduates feel should have been included? To find the answers to these questions, the questionnaire method was used. Questionnaires ware sent to the 114 Kaneland High School office practice graduates from the years 1962-1966. The questionnaire asked for factual data concerning each former student and his employment and for the graduate's opinion of the value received from the office practice course in relation to his obtaining and holding his first job. Eighty-nine (78.1 per cent) of the graduates returned questionnaires. Eighteen questionnaires wore not returned and seven graduates could not be located. The study revealed that: 1. Typing and office practice were of great value to over half of the graduates. 2. One year of shorthand had little vocational value. 3. Most of the office practice graduates were able to obtain and hold a job. 4. Fifty-eight of the 89 graduates wont into some type of office position. 5. Typing and filing are the meat common activities performed. 6. The most commonly used machines are the electric typewriter, manual typewriter, and the electric ten-key adding machine. 7. Most graduates were adequately prepared in typing and filing activities and in handling mail and greeting callers. 8. The graduates were adequately prepared on the electric and manual typewriters, all adding machines, the mimeograph, and the spirit duplicator. 9. The students wore not sufficiently trained with only one year of shorthand. This information indicates that the office practice course at Kaneland High School is effective in preparing students for their first office positions. To improve the business curriculum, it is recommended that a second year of shorthand and a second year of typing be added. To Improve the office practice course, more machines should be studied and a longer period of time should be spent on the machines.


Includes bibliographical references.


vii, 49 pages




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