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Status of industrial arts in Nebraska senior high schools 1954-1955

Griess, Jerald Alfred
Scope of Study: This report deals with the status of Industrial Arts in Nebraska with respect to professional preparation, experience, tenure, salary, end special duties of the teacher. Also, the enrollment, subject content, and use of textbooks and field trips of the industrial arts classes; the type, size, and location of the shop; the money allotted for and the name of the department; and the enrollment of the school are included. The information is presented in table form with explanations of each. Included, also, are the conclusions of the study and recommendations for improvement.
Findings and Conclusions: Very little summer employment is made available by the schools to the industrial arts teachers. Few teachers hold degrees in industrial arts; and the majority of Nebraska senior high schools have small enrollments, thus making it easier to administer individual instruction. Generally, girls are not encouraged to enroll in industrial arts classes and in many cases are not permitted to enroll. Woodworking and drawing are the most frequently offered industrial arts subjects, and there is a definite lack of variety in subject matter. Some departments are still referred to as "shop" or "manual training." Definite requirements for the certification of industrial arts teachers should be established, thus eliminating t e problem of teachers teaching industrial arts without any preparation in the field.