Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education

Department name when degree awarded

Industrial Education

Committee Chair(s)

William E. Mortimer


William E. Mortimer


Jerald E. Christiansen


George Ellsworth


George Merrill Shaw


Algot E. Anderson


For the past few years many questions have been asked about the growth and development of the industrial arts program in Utah. Many of these questions could not be answered by leading educators. Thus, it is hoped that with the information presented in this report enlightenment may be given to unanswered questions.

The roots of present-day concepts and practices of industrial arts in Utah extend back about fifty years to the first schools established by the Mormon pioneers. The first school, in its simple setting, faced such issues as: What kind of industrial arts training shall be provided? How much will it cost? What will be its future?

Some of the outstanding developments in various periods of the history of the state of Utah illustrate the significance of the growth and development of the industrial arts program. Thus, the major purposes of the present study are to identify the more important policies and practices from the period of the introduction of industrial arts up to and including the year 1952. Additional purposes of the study may be stated as follows:

  1. To encourage and assist lay citizens and professional educators to improve their understandings and to support more willingly the industrial arts program in the state of Utah.
  2. To assemble evidence showing as clearly as possible the effects of the industrial arts program.
  3. To cooperate with the public schools in Utah in assembling pertinent information regarding the introduction and development of the industrial arts program.

Such a study should help to center attention on the importance of an industrial arts program as a basis for determining those practices which are being carried on in the state of Utah today. Furthermore, it should indicate some of the most significant effects of the industrial arts program on the general educational program of today.