Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline

Industrial Education


The purpose of this study was to: (1) study the history and development of industrial arts education, (2) determine the general shop's relationship to industrial arts education, (3) ascertain the general shop's relationship to general education, (4) calculate the place of the general shop in general education up to the present, and (5) study the industrial arts program in the state of Texas. This study will attempt to explore the following objectives:

  1. To determine how the term general shop originated.
  2. To evaluate the relationship the general shop has to industrial multiple-activity programs.
  3. To interpret the general shop and its progress in relations to the junior high school and general education movement in America.
  4. To study the structure of general shop programs in Texas.

The need for research in this historical study is apparent because the general shop is the most significant organizational development in industrial arts during the past half century. Therefore, to have an idea of its historical development would be of great importance to the industrial arts education profession.

This study is limited to the historical development of the general shop and its relationship to industrial arts in America. It is also limited to how the general shop has become a suitable laboratory for teaching a number of industries simultaneously.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Charles Edwards


Prairie View A&M College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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