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Manual training--United States--History; Seventh-Day Adventists--Education--United States;


The purpose of this study was to examine the history of manual training within the Seventh-day Adventist educational system and determine its relationship to the development of manual training in the public schools of America. Consideration was also given to the present status of manual training within the Adventist system.

The research design was historical in form, and data were gathered covering three special areas: (a) the development of manual training in American public schools; (b) the establishment of Seventh-day Adventist education; and (c) the present status of technology education (the great-grandchild to manual training) within Adventist secondary education.

Research for this study centered around primary documents from early Adventist education located in the James White Library on the campus of Andrews University. Primary documentation was also obtained from current bulletins and curriculum guides used in Seventh-day Adventist secondary schools throughout the United States. Materials pertaining to the development of manual training in the public schools of America were mostly secondary documentation from historians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The findings of this study were that manual training was, and still is, a foundation stone of Seventh-day Adventist education. Had early developers of Seventh-day Adventist education followed the inspired counsel concerning the importance of manual training to a holistic education given in 1872 by Ellen G. White, the church matriarch, Adventist education would have been on the cutting edge of American educational reform. As curriculum requirements increase at all levels of education, public and private, the pressure in Adventist schools has resulted in reduced emphasis being placed on this foundational principle of the Adventist educational system.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Doctor of Industrial Technology


Department of Industrial Technology

First Advisor

Michael R. White, Advisor

Second Advisor

John Fecik, Co-Advisor

Date Original


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