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First Advisor

Crank, Floyd L.||Crank, Doris H.

Degree Name

M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Business Education


High schools--Alumni and alumnae; Business education--Illinois--Crystal Lake


It is the aim of the Business Education Department of Crystal Lake Community High School to include courses in its curriculum that will meet the vocational and personal needs of its students. The purpose of this study was to determine the vocational and persona1-use values of the business education courses as perceived by the business education graduates and to determine whether the present business education curriculum met their specific needs. The adequacies of, or deficiencies in, the business education curriculum were determined from the results of a questionnaire sent to 381 of the 1964, 1965, and 1966 business education graduates. Received were 210 replies representing a 55 per cent return. The data obtained from the questionnaire were organized and recorded in table form. The resulting tables were analyzed. Findings of greatest importance were: 1. Ninety-two per cent of the respondents indicated that the third- and fourth-semesters of typewriting had the greatest on-the-job value. In rank order, second-semester typewriting, first-semester typewriting, office occupations, and advanced shorthand were also indicated. 2. Seventy-one per cent of the respondents indicated that third-semester typewriting had the greatest personal-use value. Immediately following were second-semester typewriting, fourth-semester typewriting, first-semester typewriting, advanced shorthand, office occupations, and notehand. 3. Most frequently mentioned of the business courses offered but not taken that would have been of value for on-the-job use were office machines, beginning shorthand, bookkeeping, and advanced shorthand. The most frequently mentioned business courses offered but not taken that would be of value for personal use were notehand, beginning shorthand, third-semester typewriting, and fourth-semester typewriting. On the other hand, the most frequently mentioned business courses not offered but that would have value for on-the-job use were general office, advanced bookkeeping, data processing, and an IBM course. 4. The duties performed by 50 per cent or more of the respondents on their first jobs were, in rank order, typing envelopes, using telephone, filing duties, typing on printed forms, using manual and electric typewriters, typing tabulated material, handling mail, typing letters from rough draft, typing postal and index cards, using various letter styles, composing business letters, and receptionist duties. The Crystal Lake Community High School Business Education curriculum on the whole meets the personal and on-the-job needs of its graduates. However, because many of the 1964, 1965, and 1966 graduates indicated that they had not obtained sufficient training in data processing duties, in operating the key punch, and in photo-copying and other duplicating skills, these areas should be studied further.


Includes bibliographical references.


v, 60 pages




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