Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline

Industrial Education


It has been recognized that problems resulting from advances due to an over increasing technology give rise to a greater need for a program that will meet the needs of different interests, abilities, ages, and financial levels. This need has not always been accomplished by tangible efforts toward complete satisfaction of the individual in the educational process.

Industrial Arts teachers today face one of the greatest problems in human endeavor, and that is to build a desirable functional program in their communities.

The foundation of a good Industrial Arts Program lies in the educational philosophies of the administrator and faculty of any school. The interest of both the administrator and faculty is an essential element in the development of a proposed program of Industrial Arts. Therefore, an Industrial Arts Program is ineffective without the cooperation of the faculty.

To propose a program of Industrial Arts demands an aim and a desire for better things, with better living conditions, better tools, machines and utensils, better recreation and better social relationship.

It is believed by the writer that a program of Industrial Arts will help the pupil learn through experimentation and constructive activities. Children appear to have a need to learn about things through handling them, inspecting them, and taking them apart undirected. This tendency frequently manifests in destructive behavior. Under competent guidance this same tendency may be channeled into constructive activity in an Industrial Arts Shop.1

It has been noted that a child seems to have a basic need to feel that he or she is growing toward a position of economic independence and a place in the vocational scheme of things. A program of Industrial Arts will impress upon the child that he is using the tools and processes of industry.

Therefore, the writer believes an industrial arts program will be a substantial contribution to the meeting of the basic requirements of individuals in industry.

1Gordon O. Wilber. Industrial Arts in General Education (Scranton, Pennsylvania: International Textbook Company, 1950), p. 21.

Committee Chair/Advisor

S. R. Collins


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John B Coleman Library

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