Author

Lee W. Ralphs

Date of Award:

1951

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Engineering and Technology Education

Advisor/Chair:

William E. Mortimer

Abstract

An essential part of the elementary school curriculum is the creative activity program connected with it. Educators believe that the fullest development of the child can best be attained through a program which provides a series of well selected experiences and activities. At present education considers the whole child-his abilities, needs, and interests-as vital factors in the development of a good curriculum, instead of merely the concrete and formal subject matter. Recently there has been an expressed view, by administrators of elementary school systems and many authorities and industrial arts teachers, that there is a definite need for formulating an effective plan of instruction for industrial arts in the elementary school program. This need has occured because of the varied programs and confusion of current practices that exist in the activity programs of the elementary school, and the belief that industrial arts, probably more than most other subjects, can contribute to the activity program and the development of the whole child. The problem of this study was to procure and evaluate the opnions of industrial arts authorities and the opinions of Utah school administrators on the necessary elements for desirable industrial arts instruction in the elementary schools. This investigation was not attempted for the purpose of developing a course of study of industrial arts to be considered as a part of the elementary curriculum; nor was it the purpose to go into any detail about the innumberable possible problems that would have to be considered in introducing it as a subject ara. The writer limits this study to the evaluation of effective instructional elements that could be incorporated, with modifications, into a plan of instruction for industrial arts in the elementary schools of Utah.

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