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Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Gordon W. Price
The problem was to determine whether the unit shop or the exploratory shop in the eighth grade had been the more influential on decisions of boys to enroll in ninth and tenth grade industrial arts courses. Methods and procedure: The student files for all freshman and sophomore boys at Hays High School were checked to determine how many boys had attended a unit shop from Jefferson West Junior High School and how many boys had attended an exploratory shop from Hays Junior and Senior High School. A questionnaire was devised for the purpose of gaining information from every freshman and sophomore boy at Hays Senior High School. Summary: Woodworking was the most popular area among freshman and sophomore boys at Hays High School. This was true of boys who had the exploratory or the unit shop training in the eighth grade. Eighty-three and three-tenths per cent of the freshman and sophomore boys from the exploratory shop background said on the questionnaire that their eighth grade shop was beneficial to them. Seventy-three and nine-tenths per cent of the boys from the unit shop gave this same response. One hundred per cent of the freshman and sophomore boys with the unit shop experience said that they like woodworking best of all the areas of industrial arts. However, boys from the exploratory shop said they liked metalworking and mechanical drawing as well as woodworking. The freshman and sophomore boys from the exploratory shop who liked woodworking, metalworking and mechanical drawing did so because each selected the area that was the most interesting to him. The complied information indicated that the exploratory shop in the eighth grade has been more influential on decisions of boys to enroll in ninth and tenth grade industrial arts courses at Hays High School.
Copyright 1964 Loyd Asher
Asher, Loyd, "A Study of the Influence of Junior High School Shop on Freshman and Sophomore Boys at Hays High School" (1964). Master's Theses. 830.