Date of Award:

1975

Document Type:

Dissertation

Degree Name:

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department:

Agricultural Systems Technology and Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to obtain information from Industrial Education teachers in Utah concerning their feelings and attitudes toward conversion to the Metric System in the United States and to determine their present familiarity with that system. The study was also designed to identify potential problem areas which would tend to influence educational programs on the Metric System for Industrial Education teachers in Utah.

A select sample of four-hundred twenty-three Industrial Education teachers representing over twenty occupational areas was chosen as the population for the study. Two-hundred ninety-seven usable questionnaires (70.2 per cent) were returned and tabulated as follows 1. the total group of Industrial Education teachers responding to the survey 2. each occupational area was tabulated separately, and 3. each occupational area was compared to the total group of Industrial Education teachers responding to the survey.

The study focused on obtaining answers to the five following questions:

1. How familiar are Industrial Education teachers in Utah with the base units of the Metric System?

2. Which subject area teachers have the least understanding of the base units of the Metric System?

3. Which sources of Metric System information have been of greatest value to Industrial Education teachers as sources of general and teaching information?

4. What types of educational programs would be appropriate for familiarizing Industrial Education teachers with the Metric System?

5. Which type s of metric information are currently being used by Industrial Education teachers in Utah?

The analysis of the data and the basic findings of the study warranted the following conclusions:

1 . Industrial Education teachers in Utah are in need of instruction in various portions of the Metric System of measurement. Electronics teachers as a group, do not need further instruction, since electronic s is already taught using metric terminology and measurement.

2. Woods teachers do not see the necessity for metric measurement in their occupation, nor do they see economic advantages in the conversion.

3. Curriculum guide s in Utah have been of little value to Industrial Education teachers in Utah, as sources of metric information.

4. Most subject area textbooks are not written in Metric terminology and are of little value to Industrial Education teachers as sources of metric information.

5. The Utah State Board of Education needs to provide additional guidance for Industrial Education programs on conversion to the Metric System of measurement.

6. General informational programs on the Metric System as well as specific instruction on the use and application of the Metric System of measurement are needed by Industrial Education teachers in Utah.

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