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Master of Science (MS)




William E. Mortimer


Background and Need for the Study

The primary purpose of education is to develop happy and successful citizens. Industrial arts, being a phase of general education, should in every way possible contribute toward achieving this primary purpose. Because of the rapidly changing methods of industrial production and the increasing areas of industry, it is therefore necessary, that to keep abreast of this industrial advancement, industrial education must employ every possible means to justifiably incorporate these new industrial methods and products into the industrial education program.

It is the intention of the writer that this study will bring forth evidence of the practical usability of the general shop idea in promoting more adequate industrial arts instruction. It is also the intention of the writer that by reviewing the literature of the development of the general shop, industrial education might more adequately keep abreast of the products, tools, and methods of the rapidly advancing industrial period.

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