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Master of Science (MS)


Industrial arts education in the secondary schools of North Dakota has been hampered by a number of unidentified deficiencies. To determine what these deficiencies are, the reasons for their existence, and the extent of their effect on industrial arts instruction in the State as a whole, information from industrial arts teacher and school administrators was compiled and used to identify the present state of industrial arts in North Dakota. A comparative analysis was made between the present status of industrial arts in the State and national recommended standards for industrial arts as set forth by the American Council of Industrial Supervisors and the US Office of Education.

The various factors studied included the views of administrators and teachers concerning the role of industrial arts in secondary education, the goals of instruction, the eligibility of students for enrollment, student activities, instructional facilities, and teacher preparation and background.

It was found that the two courses offered most frequently in both the junior and senior high schools were woodworking and drafting, while the courses taught most infrequently were graphic arts, power mechanics, and electricity-electronics; the major teaching strengths of the majority of teachers were in the areas of woodworking and drafting. It was also found that the two most frequently used teaching methods were the individual project method and the teacher assign individual project method with the major instructional objective being to develop in the student a measure of skill in the use of tools, machines, and materials.