Open Access Thesis
Industrial arts--Study and teaching (Elementary); Vocational education
This study was undertaken to determine if a mass production project could be used as an effective method to acquaint third grade students with the world of work through practical experience and provide information about specialization of labor and industrial organization.
The literature reviewed included three areas concerning career education at the elementary school level: general education, industrial education, and guidance. The writer, a former industrial arts teacher, developed the total teaching unit. The actual instruction was carried out with the support of the teachers and counselors of the participating classes.
The experimental group for the study includes six third grade classes with a combined enrollment of 153 students. The control group consisted of two third grade classes with a total of fifty-seven students.
The classes of the experimental group took a pre-test, participated in the instructional unit including a mass production session where coaster sets were produced, and took a post-test. The classes of the control group took part only in the pre-test and the post-test to evaluate the effects of taking the same test twice in a span of fourteen days.
The hypothesis formulated for this investigation was: a mass production project can be used as an effective method to acquaint third grade students with the world of work through practical experience and provide information about specialization of labor and industrial organization.
The hypothesis was accepted. The post-test scores of the experimental group were higher than the pre-test scores and the difference was statistically significant. The control group did not make a significant gain in test scores as a result of participating in the pre-test post-test sequence.
Year of Submission
Specialist in Education
Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education
Department of School Administration and Personnel Services
Norman L. McCumsey
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©1973 Jack Julian Hanson
Hanson, Jack Julian, "Career Education: A Third Grade Mass Production Project" (1973). Dissertations and Theses @ UNI. 1535.