Horace Knight

Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Lee Jones, L.T. Smith, Finley Grise

Degree Program

School of Teacher Education

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The chief concern of this study is “The Present Status of Industrial Arts in the State of Virginia.” There are three main divisions of the study:

  1. Factors Influencing Industrial Arts in Virginia
  2. The Present Status of Industrial Arts in the Schools of Virginia
  3. The Present Status of the Industrial Arts Teacher in Virginia

In obtaining the information for this study the following three methods were used: 1. Questionnaires were sent to each shop teacher in the State teaching shop subjects in junior and senior high schools. 2. Research was done by investigating: a. Other studies in the field of Industrial Arts. b. Standard reference books. 3. Information was obtained by referring to: a. Bulletins from the State Department of Education. b. The preliminary reports of superintendents filed with the Department of Secondary Education at the beginning of the school year. c. The files in the Department of Trades and Industries. The names of the teachers, the subjects taught by each, and the name and address of the school were obtained from the office of Mr. Gordon Fallison, State Department of Education.

The questionnaire was written and revisions were made according to the suggestions of Mr. I.B. Pittman, Director of Industrial Arts for the city schools of Petersburg, Virginia. After revision it was submitted to Mr. Linscotte Ballintine, Mr. George Sanvig, and Mr. Gordon Fallison of the State Department of Education for any suggestions they thought would improve the questionnaire and the results to be obtained for it.

This questionnaire was sent out to the individual teachers on March 19. Enclosed also, were:

  1. A form letter explaining the reasons for sending out the questionnaire.
  2. A self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of the paper after it had been filled out.

By the end of May, one hundred twenty-nine returns had been received from two hundred fifteen sent out. This was a return of 60 per cent.

The one hundred twenty-nine questionnaires that were returned represented eighty-nine schools out of a possible one hundred thirty-four, thus giving some information on 66 per cent of the schools offering courses in Industrial Arts. Since information came from all parts of the State, as shown by Figure I, and from all types of schools, it appears that the study should give a fair picture of the situation as it exists throughout the entire state.


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