Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline

Industrial Education



For many years a difference of opinion has existed regarding the factors involved in student failure in any area of education. The majority of the proponents have stated that in vocational education, the term failure should not apply to the learner, rather the term should apply to the administration and supervision of the vocational program that permits learners to fail. To place the learner in a specific training course for which he has proved lack of interest or aptitude, then the school has failed. The stigma attached to the term failure, as school systems commonly use the word synonymously with certain types of pupils, make the term disastrous to vocational education.

The major problem of this study involved the following questions or problems:

1. What factors were involved in student failure at the Texas State Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists?

a. Was the educational status a factor?

b. Was the age of the student a factor?

c. Was the marital status a factor?

d. Were the types of questions given a factor?

e. Were there more failures in written, oral, or practical work?

f. Was the type of school attended a factor?

Definition of Terms

The Texas State Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists as used in this study refers to a board composed of three (3) members; such members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate; such members must be at least twenty-five (25) years of age and have had at least five (5) years of practical experience in the majority of the practices of hairdressing and cosmetology in Texas as a hairdresser or cosmetologists and/or instructor under a license issued by the Board, and must be a citizen of the state of Texas. No member of the Board can be a member of, or affiliated with, or shall have any financial interest in any school of hairdressing or cosmetology while in office, nor can any two (2) members of the Board be graduates of the same school.

Committee Chair/Advisor

L. B. James

Committee Member

R. L. Jefferson

Committee Member

R. L. Jefferson


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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