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Kohler, Roderick G.||Quick, Otho J.

Degree Name

M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Industrial Arts


Electricity--Study and teaching; Industrial arts--Curricula; Technical education--Curricula


Statement of the Problem. The purpose of the study was two-fold. First, a brief history of electricity was prepared to emphasize the rapid changes that have occurred in this field. Secondly, a survey was conducted to ascertain if industrial arts electricity-electronics was being offered in the public junior high schools of northeastern Illinois. If electricity-electronics was offered, an attempt was then made to ascertain the topics that were being taught. An attempt was also made to determine what methods were being used in the teaching of this area. Only the counties of Cook (excluding the city of Chicago), DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will, were included in the survey. Sources of Data. Books, documents, and periodicals were consulted in compiling the historical information for the study. To obtain the desired information concerning the offering of industrial arts electricity-electronics, the seventy-nine information forms that were returned were used. Significant Findings. As a result of the study the following findings are listed as being significant. 1. Industrial arts electricity-electronics is not offered in approximately fifty-three per cent of the public junior high schools in northeastern Illinois. 2. The two most frequently reported reasons given for not offering Industrial arts electricity- electronics were insufficient time and taught in science class. 3. Industrial arts electricity-electronics was reported being offered most frequently in the eighth grade. 4. The length of program reported most frequently was the nine weeks program. 5. Thirty-two per cent of the respondents reported using electrical kits in the teaching of their classes. Conclusions. In view of the findings of this study, and to the extent the facts obtained are accurate, the following conclusions regarding the history, the offering of, and methods of teaching Industrial arts electricity-electronics at the junior high schools In northeastern Illinois may be drawn: 1. The growth of electricity-electronics has had a tremendous Impact upon everyone’s life. 2. The future development of electricity-electronics seems to be limited only by human imagination. 3. Although education in electricity-electronics is very important, it is not being offered in enough schools as part of the industrial arts program. 4. There appears to be no uniformity in the offerings of industrial arts electricity-electronics at the junior high school level. 5. Project construction and kit assembly are useful aids in the teaching of electricity-electronics. 6. Industrial arts electricity-electronics programs presently being offered appear to be sufficiently prepared and organized. 7. Insufficient time in the school program is a reason for not offering electricity-electronics in industrial arts.


Includes bibliographical references.


viii, 55 pages




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