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Senteney, George W.||Kohler, Roderick G.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Industry and Technology


Industrial arts--Curricula; Deerfield High School (Deerfield; Illinois)


The purpose of this study was to ascertain the type of industrial arts curriculum that should be offered to Deerfield High School students. One of the sources of data was obtained from a review of current literature of industrial arts curriculum status and trends. The other data, on status and trends of industrial arts curriculum, were obtained from a survey form sent to selected high schools in the Chicago suburban area. The following were the findings and conclusions of the study: Most authorities agreed that the purposes of industrial arts were the development of a foundation in technical skills, understanding technological developments, consumer knowledge, and attitudes regarding matters of effective living. Educators agreed on the purposes of industrial arts but suggested various approaches to fulfill these purposes. Six major areas of instruction were advocated by several authorities as follows: (1) woods, (2) metals, (3) electricity, (4) graphic arts, (5) sketching and drawing, and (6) power mechanisms. One author suggested the following categories: (1) manufacturing, (2) construction, (3) power, (4) transportation, (5) electronics, (6) management, (7) research and services. Several authors stressed research and development as a phase of industrial arts. To meet the specific needs of the students, emphasis was placed on dividing the program into special education for the slow learner, prevocational study, and college preparatory study. Industrial arts in the senior high schools of the suburban area tend to be more vocationally oriented than to be general education. Schools were adding course work in electronics, engineering drafting, power mechanics, and graphic arts in order to keep pace with the techno logical developments of industry. Schools that indicated a high percentage of seniors planning to attend college had relatively low industrial arts class registrations. Very few girls registered for industrial arts courses. Several changes in the industrial arts program for Deerfield High School were recommended. Industrial arts should have a common basis throughout the United States, the same as mathematics or other disciplines.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [66]-69)


ix, 76 pages




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